White-browed Shrike Babbler ‘hopping’ backwards

“Was at the BOH tea estate, 1600 m a.s.l. at Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands on 2nd September 2008 watching birds when saw this lovely male White-browed Shrike Babbler (Pteruthius flaviscapis cameranoi) (quite friendly). Got lots of shots, but not always in focus, as he was hoping about in the trees. It was only in retrospect when I checked shots that I saw I had captured a ‘hop’. Please note that he is ‘hopping’ backwards off the branch onto another branch (and not forwards onto the branch) (above).

“I remembere that I had a poorer shot of a female also leaping off near the peak of Gunung Brinchang, Cameron Highlands, 2,032 m on 31st March 2008.

“This bird is very localised and I have seen it and the male at this same site three out the past four visits.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Perak, Malaysia
2nd September 2008

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2 Responses

  1. These are now found to be not babblers, but relatives of the vireos, a bunch of american birds. If you compare photos you will understand why!

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  2. Thanks for the update, Ding Li.

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