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Elusive birds

The whiskered pitta in the Bangkong valley in the Philippines.
The whiskered pitta in the Bangkong valley in the Philippines.
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The plump, small , ground-dwelling whiskered pitta is considered the jewel of the northern Luzon island’s montane forests of Sierra Madre and Cordillera central ranges in the Philippines.
The plump, small , ground-dwelling whiskered pitta is considered the jewel of the northern Luzon island’s montane forests of Sierra Madre and Cordillera central ranges in the Philippines.
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The plump, small , ground-dwelling whiskered pitta is considered the jewel of the northern Luzon island’s montane forests of Sierra Madre and Cordillera central ranges in the Philippines.
The plump, small , ground-dwelling whiskered pitta is considered the jewel of the northern Luzon island’s montane forests of Sierra Madre and Cordillera central ranges in the Philippines.
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The plump, small , ground-dwelling whiskered pitta is considered the jewel of the northern Luzon island’s montane forests of Sierra Madre and Cordillera central ranges in the Philippines.
The plump, small , ground-dwelling whiskered pitta is considered the jewel of the northern Luzon island’s montane forests of Sierra Madre and Cordillera central ranges in the Philippines.
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The ivory-breasted   pitta,   one of the five pitta species found in the Philippines.
The ivory-breasted pitta, one of the five pitta species found in the Philippines.Photo: Sabu Kinattukara
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The azure-breasted pitta, endemic to Mindanao Island in the Philippines.
The azure-breasted pitta, endemic to Mindanao Island in the Philippines.Photo: Sabu Kinattukara
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An injured Philippines eagle being nursed back to health in a rescue centre. The Filipino government started the Philippine Raptors Conservation Programme in 1990 to help conserve the Philippines eagle and other raptors.
An injured Philippines eagle being nursed back to health in a rescue centre. The Filipino government started the Philippine Raptors Conservation Programme in 1990 to help conserve the Philippines eagle and other raptors.Photo: Sabu Kinattukara
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The purple-breasted  bee-eater.
The purple-breasted bee-eater.
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The Vogelkop Bower Bird  and its nest in the Arfak rainforest in West Papua, Indonesia. The male Vogelkop builds the nest in November-December to lure the female.
The Vogelkop Bower Bird and its nest in the Arfak rainforest in West Papua, Indonesia. The male Vogelkop builds the nest in November-December to lure the female.
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The bower bird.
The bower bird.Photo: Sabu Kinattukara
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The wired bird of paradise  in  West Papua.
The wired bird of paradise in West Papua.Photo: Sabu Kinattukara
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The Sultan’s sahul pitta,  endemic to Halmehara island, Indonesia.
The Sultan’s sahul pitta, endemic to Halmehara island, Indonesia.
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The umbrella  cockatoo, found in the rainforests of Indonesia.
The umbrella cockatoo, found in the rainforests of Indonesia.
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The    white-striped  forest rail.
The white-striped forest rail.Photo: Sabu Kinattukara
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The red-breasted  paradise kingfisher  in West Papua.
The red-breasted paradise kingfisher in West Papua.Photo: Sabu Kinattukara
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the Satanic nightjar  in Sulawesi. The bird opens its mouth wide on sensing danger.
the Satanic nightjar in Sulawesi. The bird opens its mouth wide on sensing danger.
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Serendib    scops owl  fledglings.
Serendib scops owl fledglings.Photo: Sabu Kinattukara
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The Sri Lankan  blue magpie.
The Sri Lankan blue magpie.Photo: Sabu Kinattukara
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Sabu Kinattukara.
Sabu Kinattukara.
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The Egyptian Plover,  or crocodile bird.
The Egyptian Plover, or crocodile bird.
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The African emerald cuckoo, in Ghana.
The African emerald cuckoo, in Ghana.Photo: Sabu Kinattukara
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The emerald cuckoo.
The emerald cuckoo.
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The yellow-headed  picathartes in Ghana.
The yellow-headed picathartes in Ghana.Photo: Sabu Kinattukara
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