White-browed Shrike-babbler – adult male & immature male

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White-browed Shrike-babbler – adult male.

“Watched an adult male White-browed Shrike-babbler (Pteruthius flaviscapis cameranoi) and an immature male that were foraging high up – I was on a slope and the crown of the tree was at eye level.

White-browed Shrike-babbler – adult male.

“Largely animal prey was taken but the immature male, that was self-feeding, also took the head of sprouting moss (sporophytes – the tall, stalk-like forms of moss with a calyptra head – see image fifth from top).

White-browed Shrike-babbler – adult male.

“No female or other juveniles were seen; division of fledglings between parents may have been possible.

White-browed Shrike-babbler – immature male.

“Immature male plumage suggests that the black eye stripe, wings and tail change occur first as well as rufous-chestnut develops early.

White-browed Shrike-babbler – immature male.

“The head remaining grey and mantel plumage still like the females. The immature male also had a clear, whitish eye ring.

White-browed Shrike-babbler – immature male.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
29th May 2018

Location: 1,600-1,700m ASL, Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia
Habitat: A public road along primary montane forest

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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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