We saw many Chestnut-capped Laughingthrushes (Garrulax mitratus major), often at very close range (above, below) as they are not shy. They are very vocal and gregarious; often in groups of 5-6 and up to 12-15 at times. They will scamper like squirrels while foraging together or with other species (bird waves). They will also forage on the ground in leaf litter.
One bird, part of a large group of 15 that was foraging in the evening, had the odd behaviour of carrying this dead leaf (below) while flying over us – not sure of the purpose, as it is off the conventional breeding season.
Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Location: Fraser’s Hill, Pahang, Malaysia
Habitat: 1300 m ASL, primary montane jungle
Date: 20th November 2018
Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, handheld