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15 Gorgeous and Colorful Birds That Are Endemic to Borneo!

 At the center of the area known as Maritime Southeast Asia, bordered by Sulawesi, Java, and Sumatra, lies Borneo, the third-largest island in the world. This island is politically divided, with 73% of the island being administered by Indonesia, 26% by Malaysia, and 1% by the sovereign state of Brunei. Borneo is unique not only in its territorial division but also in its biodiversity. It is home to the oldest rainforest in the world, estimated to be approximately 140 million years old, as well as numerous endangered species, native solely to Borneo, including the Bornean Orangutan, the Bornean clouded leopard, and the Dayak fruit bat, among many others.

Following the signing of the Heart of Borneo agreement on the conservation of the forest and its wildlife by the ruling governments, more than 100 new species have been discovered. Amidst all this beauty and life, the feathered fowls fly above, a class of their own entirely. These 15 unique and colorful birds can only be found on this beautiful island.  

 

1. The golden-naped barbet (Psilopogon pulcherrimus) 

Beautiful, colorful birds native and endemic to Borneo, third largest island in the world, located in Maritime Southeast Asia, The golden-naped barbet (Psilopogon pulcherrimus) 

(By Seshadri.K.S, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

2. Hose's broadbill (Calyptomena hosii)

Beautiful, colorful birds native and endemic to Borneo, third largest island in the world, located in Maritime Southeast Asia, Hose's broadbill (Calyptomena hosii)

(By Doug Janson, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

3. Black-breasted fruit-hunter (Chlamydochaera jefferyi) 

Beautiful, colorful birds native and endemic to Borneo, third largest island in the world, located in Maritime Southeast Asia, Black-breasted fruit-hunter (Chlamydochaera jefferyi)

(By Nigel Voaden, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

4. Bulwer's pheasant (Lophura bulweri) 

Beautiful, colorful birds native and endemic to Borneo, third largest island in the world, located in Maritime Southeast Asia, Bulwer's pheasant (Lophura bulweri)

(By Stickpen, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

5. Bornean Bristlehead (Pityriasis gymnocephala) 

Beautiful, colorful birds native and endemic to Borneo, third largest island in the world, located in Maritime Southeast Asia, Bornean Bristlehead (Pityriasis gymnocephala)

(By Eveha, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

6. Mountain blackeye (Zosterops emiliae)

Beautiful, colorful birds native and endemic to Borneo, third largest island in the world, located in Maritime Southeast Asia, Mountain blackeye (Zosterops emiliae)

(By Nigel Voaden, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

7. Everett's thrush (Zoothera everetti) 

Beautiful, colorful birds native and endemic to Borneo, third largest island in the world, located in Maritime Southeast Asia, Everett's thrush (Zoothera everetti)

(By Ben Tsai, Wikimedia Commons)  

8. Blue-banded pitta (Erythropitta arquata)

Beautiful, colorful birds native and endemic to Borneo, third largest island in the world, located in Maritime Southeast Asia, Blue-banded pitta (Erythropitta arquata)

(Twitter)  

 

9. Whitehead's spiderhunter (Arachnothera juliae) 

Beautiful, colorful birds native and endemic to Borneo, third largest island in the world, located in Maritime Southeast Asia, Whitehead's spiderhunter (Arachnothera juliae) 

(By World Birds, Twitter)  

 

10. Bornean whistler (Pachycephala hypoxantha)  

Beautiful, colorful birds native and endemic to Borneo, third largest island in the world, located in Maritime Southeast Asia, Bornean whistler (Pachycephala hypoxantha)

(By Lip Kee Yap, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

11. White-fronted falconet (Microhierax latifrons)

Beautiful, colorful birds native and endemic to Borneo, third largest island in the world, located in Maritime Southeast Asia, White-fronted falconet (Microhierax latifrons)

(Twitter)  

 

12. Red-breasted partridge (Arborophila hyperythra)

Beautiful, colorful birds native and endemic to Borneo, third largest island in the world, located in Maritime Southeast Asia, Red-breasted partridge (Arborophila hyperythra)

(By TonyCastro, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

13. Black-sided flowerpecker (Dicaeum monticolum)

Beautiful, colorful birds native and endemic to Borneo, third largest island in the world, located in Maritime Southeast Asia, Black-sided flowerpecker (Dicaeum monticolum)

(Twitter)  

 

14. Rajah scops owl (Otus brookii)

Beautiful, colorful birds native and endemic to Borneo, third largest island in the world, located in Maritime Southeast Asia, Rajah scops owl (Otus brookii)

(By Seshadri.K.S, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

15. Black-capped white-eye (Zosterops atricapilla) 

Beautiful, colorful birds native and endemic to Borneo, third largest island in the world, located in Maritime Southeast Asia, Black-capped white-eye (Zosterops atricapilla)

(By Lip Kee Yap, Wikimedia Commons)  

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