A male Dark-necked Tailorbird

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“This male Dark-necked Tailorbird (Orthotomus atrogularis atrogularis) and I have met many times at the same location – he occupies an area of about 1.5 km radius at this particular spot in the forest reserve (could be my fancy but never fail to meet him and birds tend to be rather localised/territorial).

“I had been watching some birds feeding in a ficus tree and turned to find him immediately on my left. I startled him briefly and he gave a series of concerned calls. Allowed me to takes some close up pictures, with him all fluffed up and concerned. Then want back to his usual behaviour, preening & foraging.

“As I watched, I discovered he was looking after a juvenile, hence the concern at my close presence. Generally a very friendly bird who allows close observation.”

An audio recording of his ‘concern’ call can be heard HERE.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
9th February 2010

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