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April 3, 2012

Bedugul Birding – Bali

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — admin @ 2:16 pm

Kebun Raya, Bedugul, Bali

I got up early from Kuta and caught a bemo to the Ubung bus terminal in Denpasar and then caught the bus to Bedugul. I got dropped off at Candikuning and only had to walk about half a kilometer to find a hotel and a further 200 meters to the Botanic Gardens (Kebun Raya). After lunch I strolled up to the bush to see if I could photograph some birds.

Spotted Dove
Spotted Dove (streptopelia chinensis)

This is your common old Spotted Turtle-dove, which is what we call them in Australia where they are very common indeedy. I thought this might have been a new bird but it wasn’t. It started raining when I photographed this one and it was very dark. I had to put the ISO way up to 1600 and the image quality is not too crash hot. If you have a peep at those pixels you will see a lot of noise. Canon 350D’s do not have very good Noise Reduction like all the new cameras.

Flame-fronted Barbet
Flame-fronted Barbet (Megalaima armillaris baliensis)

Flame-fronted Barbets are also known as Blue-crowned Barbets or Orange-fronted Barbets. They are endemic to Indonesia and live in subtropical and montane forests. The nominate form is found in Java while the sub-species baliensis is found on Bali. They usually feed on fruits, but they also eat insects as well. They make their nests in tree hollows.

Grey-cheeked Green-Pigeon
Grey-cheeked Green-Pigeon (Treron griseicauda)

The Grey-cheeked Green-pigeon is an Indonesian endemic. This one had lots of russet on the wing but some others did not. I do not know what that is about. Maybe its a male/female thing or the others are juveniles. I do not know much about these birds so I will learn more eventually and get back to you on that point.

Short-tailed Starling
Short-tailed Starling (Aplonis minor)

Short-tailed Starling (Aplonis minor) are found in Indonesia and the Philippines. Their habitat is subtropical, moist lowland and montane forests.

ID needed
gray-throated white-eye (Heleia javanica)

The rest of these birds I could not work out any identification on them. I still do not have a book. I searched all the book shops in Kuta yesterday but could find nothing. I am hoping for some kind of book in the information kiosk at the Kebun Raya.

ID needed
gray-throated white-eye (Heleia javanica)

ID needed
Fulvous-chested Jungle Flycatcher (Cyornis olivaceus)

I also saw a Great Tit (Parus major) but the image quality on the photos were unusable. doh! So the resulting bird list for Kebun Raya is:

Bali bird list

Spotted Dove
Flame-fronted Barbet
Grey-cheeked Green-pigeon
Short-tailed Starling
Great Tit
gray-throated white-eye (Heleia javanica)
Fulvous-chested Jungle Flycatcher (Cyornis olivaceus)


  1. Hi Steve,

    The non-ID’d birds look to me like gray-throated white-eye (Heleia javanica). They prefer montain/higher elevation areas which would fit the Bedugul area.

    I hope to visit this park someday.


    Comment by Prayitno — February 4, 2018 @ 9:08 am

  2. thank you.
    I will correct it.


    Comment by admin — February 4, 2018 @ 10:05 pm

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