Oriental Honey-buzzard – uncommon tweeddale morph 2

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Post 1.

An Oriental Honey Buzzard (Indomayalan HB, Crested HB), Pernis ptilorhynchus torquatus, in the uncommon tweeddale morph resembling a Blyth’s Hawk Eagle plumage with a prominent crest (avian mimicry). Both males and females in this morph have yellow-orange eyes and dark heads. The P. p. torquatus are resident in Peninsular Malaysia. Post 1 above shows the bird collecting nesting material from a Pterocarpus indicus (Angsana tree).

Post 2.

Post 2 above, flying with a branch from a Samanea saman (Rain Tree). Both collections I observed were small branches with fresh foliage, broken using the beak and transported in the claws. The partner, looked like a possible male, had yellow-orange eyes but lighter plumage – the commonly encountered ‘intermediate morph’, to use terminology in the recently published ‘Chong Leong Puan, G. W. H. Davison, Kim Chye Lim (2020). Birds of Malaysia: Covering Peninsular Malaysia, Malaysian Borneo and Singapore. Lynx Edicions’.

Post 3.

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

Habitat: Urban environment

Date: 14th 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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