Puff-throated Babbler – 2

on 22nd March 2022

Post 1.

I have more opportunities and extended time to observe these Puff-throated Babbler (Pellorneum ruficeps acrumbabblers). Calls are easy to identify but they spend much time in the undergrowth, often on the ground, making visibility an issue.

Post 2.

These birds can walk through the undergrowth without showing themselves. I saw two birds on this occasion but cannot be sure which one I was imaging due to fast movements.

Post 3.

For a brief moment one came out onto the road that cut through this primary jungle (crossing over) and allowed very good images (Post 3). Notice that the lighting caused apparent variation in plumage – compare Post 1 (greyer brown upperparts) and 3 (richer, warmer brown upperparts).

Post 4.

Post 4 is a face close-up showing the subtle whitish eye-ring, olive eye-lid rims, white supercilium especially behind the eye and orange-yellow of the proximal half of the lower mandible (Wells 2007). P. r. acrum is said to be ‘darker and colder above, with deeper-toned crown’ (Handbook of the Birds of the World  2021). Pale pink feet and puffed out throat (when calling) best seen in post 2.


Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr) – Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Road through primary forest

Date: 1st January 2021

Equipment: Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, handheld with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone

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YC Wee

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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