Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

November 28, 2019

Northern Toraja La’bo

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Rantepao Toraja Utara

I am now in Tana Toraja, the town of Rantepao. Technically it is Toraja Utara, North Toraja, since Toraja has been split into two divisions. I found a nice hostel, and I have a bike to rent so I can zoom around the countryside. Which I did this morning. I headed towards La’bo and then kept going until I found a nice creek with some bush alongside it.

Sulawesi Blue Flycatcher


Sulawesi Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis omissus)

The Sulawesi Blue Flycatcher is endemic to Indonesia. They are mainly found in subtropical moist lowland forests or montane forests. Its range is mostly Sulawesi, hence the name, doh! Their diet includes flies, termites, aphids and other small invertebrates.

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Black-headed Munia (Lonchura malacca)

I think the farmers were trying to scare off the munias with plastic bags on poles. I wondered what they were doing at first until I realized that the plastic bags looked somewhat like raptors. Maybe?

Javan Munia


Javan Munia (Lonchura leucogastroides)

Little Egret


Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

Javan Pond-Heron


Javan Pond-Heron (Ardeola speciosa)

Pacific swallow


Pacific swallow (Hirundo tahitica)

Under a bridge, building a nest.

Pacific swallow


Pacific swallow (Hirundo tahitica)

Toraja bird list

Sulawesi Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis omissus)
White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)
Javan Pond-Heron (Ardeola speciosa)
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)
Javan Munia (Lonchura leucogastroides)
Black-headed Munia (Lonchura malacca)
Pacific swallow (Hirundo tahitica)
Lemon-bellied White-eye (Zosterops chloris)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Cattle Egret

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