The remote, rugged Indonesian island of Halmahera is a treasure trove of biodiversity. The rainforest-covered hills and valleys are home to a tantalising array of exotic bird species including Moluccan Cockatoo, Ivory-breasted Pitta, Goliath Coucal, Paradise-crow and the spectacular Standardwing Bird-of-Paradise. Halmahera along with its associated smaller islands form what is known as the ‘Halmahera Rainforests ecoregion’ – a relatively small, but ecologically distinct geographic area which boasts the highest endemism rate per area of anywhere in the world.
In 2019 I spent a few days recording sounds in a privately-owned and protected rainforest known as ‘Weda Forest’. Managed by the Sawai Ecotourism Foundation in association with Weda Resort, this property conserves a significant area of lowland rainforest which is home to most of the island’s endemic bird species. This album features a morning soundscape recorded deep in the forest, and captures the sounds of many bird species unique to this ecoregion. See the ‘Track Notes’ below for more information.