A caged Crested Jay

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“Found this adult Crested Jay (Platylophus galericulatus on the island of Pulau Bintan in a cage. The owner told me that it came from Sumatra. What was interesting is that it can be found in Peninsula Malaysia, according to C. Robson [A field guide to the birds of South-east Asia. New Holland, London.], in broadleaved evergreen forest up to 1,220 meters. If this is so I have yet to see a recent report on it’s sighting.

“The other interesting thing about this bird is it’s vocalisation. When ‘stimulated’ it would burst out into a vigorous, as C. Robson says in his book, ‘a very rapid, grating metallic rattle.’”

K C Tsang
Pulau Bintan, Indonesia
29th October 2010

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  1. Tou Jing Yi

    This bird looked rather brownish, I suspect it might be the “coronatus” that is endemic to Borneo and Sumatra, so it could probably came from there. In West Malaysia, the race is blacker.

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  2. Slim Sreedharan

    P. g. coronatus is found in both in Sumatra as well as in southern Borneo. It does not at all look like the north Bornean sub-form, P. g. lemprieri, which is much more reddish-brown.

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  3. This bird ” Bejampong as an Omen Bird” in Iban’s culture has been given spiritual powers ???, for good and bad for example:

    ” It is taboo for a longhouse to be entered by a Bejampong bird. If it happens, it predicts that the settlement will soon catch on fire and burn. A manang should be called as soon as possible to neutralize this omen.”

    Read more about this interesting bird at:

    http://gnmawar.wordpress.com/the-house-of-sengalang-burong-page-1/the-people-of-tansang-kenyalang/bejampong/

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