“This year, 2017 is a defining year for Blue-winged Pittas’ (Pitta moluccensis) presence in Northern Peninsular Malaysia.
“Field monitoring confirmed; successful fledglings stayed around their breeding habitat until full completion of their post natal moult at approx. 7-8 weeks of age.
“Juveniles that fledged late – about August onwards risked being left behind by parents, when their time arrived to migrate… end August.
“This is JSparrow – first spotted in 18th August, left behind (top).
“This juvenile bird is still around at time of writing.
“She has evolved into a gorgeous juvenile of fresh, new coat of feathering with option to extend summer holidays in Penang, P. Malaysia.
“Let JSparrow be Avian Writer’s mascot bird to introduce 2017 B-W Pitta Series of articles to the reading audience.
“Be mesmerised by the wits, endurance these secretive birds had chosen to stay in the Northern Malaysian forests – through documentation and many photographic images BESG’s administrator soon be posting.
Avian Writer Daisy O’Neill
17th October 2017
Copyright article and copy image – Courtesy of Daisy O’Neill Bird Conservation Fund