© Post-natal moult in Blue-winged Pitta- A sequential photo record

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“Over a 100days period (29June- 06Oct) in 2017, a total of 51 visits were made to monitor migratory Blue-winged Pitta (Pitta moluccensis) on mainland Penang, Peninsular Malaysia.

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“Successful fledglings from 4 different batches were observed during those field days covering an area approx. 11/2 sq. km. It became my designated location in Blue-winged Pitta’s monitoring for northern P. Malaysia.

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“Thankfully, I had exclusive use of the area with no disturbances of any kind of beings/predators to compromise the many challenging observations encountered with these elusive birds.

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“In addition to putting on record and proving that fledglings do stay hidden around until they grow out their post natal moult, some took extended summer vacations.

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“Very few images of juveniles in moult are available in field guide books or on-line websites.

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“Here are some photographic records to show progress of post natal moult from fledgling to juvenile age to reading audience.

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“Not necessary in strict sequential moult order but at best I could, for selected images comprise of several fledgling-juvenile species of different batches taken in 2017 migration season.

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“Note: Any person/s intending to reference, quote/use any of these images is/are kindly expected to provide the credits under normal courtesy usage.
I do apologise, in the best of birds’ welfare and promising results achieved monitoring in solo, exact breeding locations will not be provided.”

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Avian Writer Daisy O’Neill
Penang Malaysia
22ND November 2018

Copyright article and all copy images – Courtesy of Daisy O’Neill Bird Conservation Fund

Note: Mail communication with Dr David Wells – a veteran ornithologist exponent cum author of ‘The Birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula’, intrigued by my findings, suggested I could have solved a long standing mystery with post migratory Blue-winged Pittas (Pitta moluccensis) in P. Malaysia.


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