Birds of Wallacea - Where Continents Collide
by John Eyre
Wallacea is a geographic region lying between the Asian and Australasian continents. The area, named after the British naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace, comprises a large group of mainly Indoneasian islands. These bridge the gap and form a ecological transition between the two continents. They hold many bird species whose ancestors originated from either the east or the west. The area is now home to many endemic species. This talk will concentrate on the birds of two large islands in northern Wallacea - Sulawesi and Halmahera. It will describe the search for, and habits of, such birding gems as Wallace's Standardwing, Geomalia, Maleo and Moluccan Scrubfowl.