Chestnut-winged Cuckoo

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Watched a Chestnut-winged Cuckoo (Clamator coromandus) today and was first alerted to its presence by the classical metallic notes it makes; rendered by various sources differently but sounds like a beep, beep, beep to me. Chestnut-winged Cuckoos are said not … Continued

Lesser Shortwing

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Lesser Shortwings (Brachypteryx leucophris wrayi) are really tough birds to watch or image. I waited quite some time and had a number of images but all were of limited quality due to lighting. The bird can move very quietly in … Continued

Lesser Cuckooshrike – frugivory

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I saw a female Lesser Cuckooshrike (Lalage fimbriata culminate) feeding today on the Giant Mahang (Macaranga gigantea) fruit. I have observed this species feed on this fruit a number of times. I also saw it feeds on a Cicada-like insect. … Continued

Rufous Piculet – part of bird wave

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Came across a single adult male Rufous Piculet (Sasia abnormis abnormis) that was part of a lowland mixed foraging party (bird wave). The other birds in the mixed foraging party were: Chestnut-breasted Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus curvirostris) – two Olive-winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus … Continued

Thick-billed Flowerpecker 

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Saw a few (2 or 3) Thick-billed Flowerpeckers (Dicaeum agile modestum) feeding on the fruit of the Ficus religiosa (Sacred Fig). The figs fruit are 1-1.5 cm in diameter and the birds have to pull pieces off to feed. This is a … Continued

Chinese Pond-heron – rare visitor

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Chinese Pond-heron (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 (Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive, 2019). We saw a … Continued

Yellow-bellied Prinia

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Adult male Yellow Prinia (Prinia flaviventris rafflesi) in breeding plumage (below). The adult female partner (below). Note the male face has more black and female retains the white supercilium. Note again the breeding plumage changes in the males – an … Continued