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Grey-throated Babbler 

on 23rd March 2022

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I saw a number of Grey-throated Babblers (Stachyris nigriceps davisonithese) either as part of mixed foraging parties (bird waves) or a small social unit (3 birds).

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The component of the mixed foraging party they were involved with, included: Blue-winged Minlas (Minla cyanouroptera), Mountain Leaf Warblers (Phylloscopus trivirgatus), Silver-eared Mesias (Leiothrix argentauris), Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrikes (Hemipus picatus), White-throated Fantails (Rhipidura albicollis), Golden Babblers (Stachyridopsis chrysaea), Grey-headed Canary Flycatchers (Culicicapa ceylonensis), Mountain Fulvettas (Alcippe peracensis), Mountain Bulbul (Ixos mcclellandii), Black-throated Sunbird (Aethopyga saturate) and more.

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In the past I have also seen them foraging only with Streaked Wren Babblers (Napothera brevicaudata). I have seen them feed on fruit (an orange fruiting wild bush) but usually appear to be looking for insects and invertebrates.

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Although they are called ‘grey-throated’, the chin appears more white than grey, especially when seen together with the white malar flash – very apparent from a front view (Post 3). The lower throat is darker. There is a clear eye-ring (darker anteriorly) seen best in close up views (Post 2). S. n. davisoni is said to be “blacker on crown and nape, latter with few white streaks, has richer upperparts, darker grey throat” (Handbook of the Birds of the World 2020).

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

Location: 1,800m ASL, Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia

Habitat: Trail through primary jungle

Date: 24th September 2020

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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