Leaf bathing: Striped Tit Babbler

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A Striped Tit Babbler (Macronous gularis) was recently seen taking a leaf bath after a slight shower during a hot day along Venus Drive (left).

We have earlier documented the Olive-backed Sunbird (Nectarinia jugularis) taking a leaf bath as well as other species like Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier), Orange-bellied Flowerpecker (Dicaeum trigonostigma) and Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius).

All these are smallish birds. I suppose small birds easily fit into leaves that have droplets of water. They are always a joy to watch, fluffing their feathers as they soak up the few raindrops or even droplets from a garden hose.

Johnny Wee
Singapore
September 2007

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