Here is a sample entry for Stachyris nigricollis

Black-throated Babbler – Stachyris nigricollis.  This babbler species is relatively common in forest understory but is sometimes difficult to observe due to its secretive behavior.  Listed as Near-threatened by the IUCN Redlist (as of 1 October 2016).


Focused on furthering the conservation of Bornean birds by advancing research and education. 

October 22, 2019

We just wrapped up a very successful expedition to Binyo-Penyilam National Park and Samarakan Forest.  The research team included myself, Daniel Froehlich, two current Evergreen students, Laura Giannone and Bow Tyler and recent Evergreen graduate Phil Hyde, staff from Sarawak Forestry, staff from Grand Perfect Pusaka, and the excellent people from Rumah Joseph.  We conducted intensive avian inventories, collected many hours of acoustic recordings, and the team presented their work at conservation and management seminar in Bintulu, Sarawak.  Below are just a few images from the field work and seminar.  Thank you everyone for such a productive and meaningful collaboration!

Some people images from the field

Some images from the Seminar – October 21, 2019

Video Snippets of Presentations – October 21, 2019

December 12, 2018

We recently completed a survey of birds in Batang Ai National Park, Sarawak.  Thank you Sarawak Forestry, especially Rose Ragai, Nickson Robi, Akas Bit, and Broddy Mien.  This survey is part of a long-term project aimed at better understanding the diversity and biology of Bornean birds found in protected areas both large and small.  We began field work on this project in 2017 and have surveyed three protected areas and one site that is being considered for protection since then.  This work builds off of previous research in disturbed landscapes.  Our goal is to survey protected areas during wetter and drier periods of the year and across years.  Our goal is to document significant life history events such as breeding and molt and to gain a better understanding of how individual species respond to environmental change over shorter (< 1 year) and longer (> 1 year) time periods.  Our field methods include comprehensive inventory methods (acoustic recordings, visual surveys) and intensive study of understory birds (using mist-net survey methods).  Here are some images from our recent field expeditions.

October – November 2018: Batang Ai National Park

Preparing for departure for Batang Ai National Park. 19 October 2018.

From left: Wilson Lobo, Medan Beragai, Broddy Mien, Alison Styring, and Akas Bit. 27 October 2018

Alison Styring applying a uniquely-numbered leg band (also called a ring) to a female Red-bearded Bee-eater (Nyctiornis amictus). Bands allow researchers to study individual birds over time.

Dan Froehlich assessing the molt of a male Red-bearded Bee-eater. Dan is an expert at molt assessment and molt ecology. 26 October 2018.













March – April 2018: Bukit Minah Wildlife Corridor & Bukit Nyegoh 

June 2017: Bukit Sarang Conservation Area






After an extremely successful pilot project, we are now ready to conduct surveys of rainforest birds from the canopy at Tawau Hills Park in Sabah – home to the tallest tropical tree in the world.  You can help us get there by supporting our Borneo Soundscape Project.  Check us out at:

Bornean Soundscape Project

We are launching a project to record and map sounds in Borneo’s forests.  We conducted a pilot survey in Sarawak in March-April and it was a great success.  Now we are ready to launch the project in the pristine rainforest at Tawau Hills Park, Sabah.  Tawau is a 30,000 ha reserve of old growth rainforest and home to the tallest trees in the world.  We will no doubt make new discoveries from the canopy there!

Here are just a few sounds that we’ve recorded in Sabah and Sarawak.  We will be making even more available soon.

Help us do this groundbreaking work.  Check us out at:

Bushy-crested Hornbill

Fluffy-backed Tit-babbler

Hill Myna

Sooty-capped Babbler and Great Slaty Woodpecker

Plaintive Cuckoo and Blue-eared Barbet



Rhinoceros Hornbill

Maroon-breasted Philentoma

Chestnut-backed Scimitar-babbler

Malaysian Eared Nightjar


Hey Everyone,

We recently wrapped up a pilot survey of canopy birds in Sarawak.  This work represents a new direction in our study of Bornean birds (that direction being, UP!).  As we have learned more about the birds that inhabitat pristine and human modified landscapes in Borneo, we realized that we may be missing a lot of information and action in the canopy.  So in March, we launched a pilot study that compares the sites and sounds of Bornean birds simultaneously from the forest floor and the canopy.  Above is a link to a slideshow of research team in action.  We will be posting more information and sounds in the future, so stay tuned.

We are currently trying to raise some funds to survey some of the tallest tropical forest in the world with these methods.  Check us out at:


Alison Styring