Golden Babbler

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The Golden Babbler (Stachyridopsis chrysaea chrysops) is common at this hill station but is fast moving and hard to image. I have wanted more opportunities to observe this wonderful babbler’s plumage. Although it gives the impression of a black face, the black is confined to the lores and the skin around the eye is grey-blue (Wells 2007).

Note the dark red-brown iris and the pink found at the proximal one third of the lower mandible. The feet are more yellow than pink and the legs (tarsus) a light pink.

There are dark shaft-lines on the forehead and the golden colour is more pronounced on the forehead, throat and upper breast.


Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia


Location: Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia

Habitat: Primary montane forest

Date: 4th March 2019

Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, handheld with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone


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