Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

December 9, 2019

Alone in the jungle for two nights

Filed under: Birds — Tags: — steve_happ @ 8:13 am

Bada Valley

I had an opportunity to stay in a little hut in the jungle on the road to Bada Valley. I had a yoga mat, some cooking utensil, some Indo Mie and some fruit. I was to be alone in the jungle for two nights. The hardest part was sleeping on the wooden boards with only a yoga mat under me. Ouch. But I was rewarded with some good photos and a couple of new birds. So it was worth it in the end.

Knobbed Hornbill - male

Knobbed Hornbill (Rhyticeros cassidix)- male

The Knobbed Hornbill is also known as the Sulawesi wrinkled hornbill. It sounds like a dog barking. For a couple of days I was wondering why there was a dog in the jungle until I realized and saw a female Knobbed Hornbill barking like a dog up in a tree.
“A large bird, a male knobbed hornbill’s body length reaches 70-80 cm and weighs 2.36-2.5 kg. Its body and wings are black with metallic green tinge on its back. Tail white, legs black.”

Knobbed Hornbill - female and male

Knobbed Hornbill (Rhyticeros cassidix)- female and male

“Male bird has high, wrinkled casque that is reddish brown in color. Its crown and nape are brick red-brown. The gular pouch under its mandible is deep blue with a dark line coming around below. Male knobbed hornbill’s eyes are reddish orange.”

Knobbed Hornbill - female

Knobbed Hornbill (Rhyticeros cassidix)- female

“The female has yellow beak with brownish orange folds on the base. Its body and casque are smaller compared to its male counterpart. Casque yellow, head and neck are black. The female’s gular sac has a finer black line. The eyes of a female knobbed hornbill are brownish orange.” (

Citrine Canary-flycatcher

Citrine Canary-flycatcher (Culicicapa helianthea)

Turquoise Flycatcher

Turquoise Flycatcher

Unknown, maybe flycatcher

Pale-blue Monarch (Hypothymis puella)

Thanks to Panji Gusti Akbar for the identification. I did not think of monarchs. doh!

Citrine Lorikeet

Citrine Lorikeet or Yellow-and-green Lorikeet ( Trichoglossus flavoviridis)

Sulawesi serpent eagle

Sulawesi serpent eagle (Spilornis rufipectus)

Bada Valley bird list

Knobbed Hornbill (Rhyticeros cassidix)
Citrine Canary-flycatcher (Culicicapa helianthea)
Sulawesi serpent eagle (Spilornis rufipectus)
Pale-blue Monarch (Hypothymis puella)
Striated Heron
citrine lorikeet ( Trichoglossus flavoviridis)
Black-ringed White-eye
Yellow-sided Flowerpecker
White-breasted Woodswallow
Yellow-billed Malkoha
Turquoise Flycatcher



  1. Great hornbill pics – well done and worth the discomfort!

    Comment by Russ Cant — December 10, 2019 @ 7:15 am

  2. thank you russel.


    Comment by admin — December 18, 2019 @ 1:07 pm

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