Greater Green Leafbird – feeding on figs

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A number of Greater Green Leafbirds (Chloropsis sonnerati zosterops) at the fruiting Ficus religiosa (Sacred Fig). Fruit is crushed in the beak and then swallowed whole.   Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr) Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia   Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia Habitat: Fringe of … Continued

Scaly-breasted Munia – juveniles

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A flock of Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura fretensis) juveniles feeding on both grain from wild plants as well as rice put out to feed sparrows and munias. Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr) Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia Habitat: Semi-urban Date: 9th November 2020 Equipment: … Continued

White-rumped Shama – female

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It had rained heavily the night before and the birds were hungry. This female White-rumped Shama (Copsychus malabaricus mallopercnus) was looking for maggots and worms at (unfortunately) a large rubbish bin. I got near and waiting and gradually it became … Continued

White-rumped Munia feed on bamboo “seeds”

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White-rumped Munia (Lonchura striata subsquamicollis) are seen feeding on bamboo “seeds” very often. Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr) Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia   Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia Habitat: Trail along primary jungle Date: 17th January 2020 Equipment: Equipment: Nikon … Continued

Black-headed Munia/Chestnut Munia

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Black-headed Munias (Lonchura malacca sinensis) are increasing more difficult to find and declining in numbers. Unsure how to call them: Wells 2007 uses Chestnut Munia Lonchura malacca sinensis OBI uses Black-headed Munia Lonchura malacca sinensis HBW 2018 uses Chestnut Munia … Continued

Abbott’s Babbler vs. Horsfield’s Babbler

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There was some suggestion initially when I posted this Abbott’s Babbler (Malacocincla abbotti olivacea) on another group that it might be a Horsfield’s Babbler (Malacocincla sepiaria). Although I did see the bird in primary forest at a stream, however calls … Continued

Green-billed Malkoha – contact calls

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A pair of Green-billed Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus tristis longicaudatus) making their soft “ko, ko” contact calls while foraging. Both had a tail moult. Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr) Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia   Location: Outskirts of Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia Habitat: Wetlands Date: 28th … Continued

Greater Coucal – call details

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I often hear the advertising calls of the Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis bubutus) in the early mornings 7-9am and occasionally duets (responsive calls) with a partner. Some details/comments about their calls. The above image shows the posture of birds when they are making … Continued

Chinese Pond-heron – rare visitor to Japan

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Chinese Pond-herons (Ardeola bacchus) are described as ‘scarce’ in Japan (Mark Brazil. Birds of Japan. Helm Field Guides 2018) but known to breed occasionally in the southern islands (HBW 2019). We saw a single bird in early breeding plumage in … Continued