Lesser Adjutant – immature

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Observation from Sungei Buloh Wetlands, Singapore. An immature Lesser Adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus) – note the increase in feathers at the nape/neck. Red Data Status: Vulnerable. Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr) Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia   Location: Sungei Buloh Wetlands, Singapore Habitat: Mangrove … Continued

Purple Swamphen – intraspecific agonistic behaviour

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Intraspecific agonistic (conflict/combative) behaviour is common in Purple Swamphens (Porphyrio porphyrio viridis). Encyclopedia.com (2020) states “In the purple swamphen, the position of the tail and wings is important in agonistic display, while differing body postures indicate aggression or anxiety”. Wells (1999) states “Persistent … Continued

Pin-tailed Parrotfinch – Yellow Morph

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I was fortunate to come across another yellow colour form or yellow morph of the Pin-tailed Parrotfinch (Erythrura prasina prasina) (above, below). The last time I saw one of these was on 2nd August 2017 when I observed a single adult male. Today I saw … Continued

A dead Hooded Pitta

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We came home from lunch today to find, sadly, a dead adult Hooded Pitta (Pitta sordida cucullata) in the garden; possibly died in the past 1-2 hours. One eye had an old injury and looked blind, which may have accounted … Continued

Crimson Sunbird – tongue

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I had an opportunity to image the tongue of the Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja siparaja) as it called out near me (above). The tongue of sunbirds, like other nectar feeders, is tubular and fringed at the tip (brush-tipped). They collect … Continued