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White-browed Shrike Babbler ‘hopping’ backwards

on 21st February 2010

“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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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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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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