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).
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.
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.
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).
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