Taiwan Barbet – sexing?

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In Taiwan, there is only one barbet, the Taiwan Barbet (Megalaima nuchalis). This bird is a beauty. Locally called the ‘five-coloured bird’ because of the 5 plumage colours: green – overall plumage, red – loral spot and lower breast band, … Continued

Chestnut-naped Forktail – female

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The Chestnut-naped Forktail (Enicurus ruficapillus) is not an easy bird to see (very shy) or images are in dark stream locations. Above is a female seen foraging along the river bank. Will often raise or lower her tail and use … Continued

Common Myna – fruit feeding (new food source)

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Although the Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis tristis) is an omnivore with a wide range of diet, I have predominantly seen it take insects and invertebrates, with the occasional small vertebrate (frog or lizard). Its generic name ‘Acridotheres’ mean ‘grasshopper hunter’. Nectar and … Continued

Cuckoo for ID (Indian vs Oriental)

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Saw this adult male Cuckoo today and I am trying to determine the identification. Using terminology, distribution and features from: Johannes Erritzøe, Clive F. Mann, Frederik P. Brammer and Richard A. Fuller. Cuckoos of the World, Helm, 2012. Also using … Continued

Zebra Dove – mating

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Took a complete Coronavirus free day to enjoy birds and nature (within the restrictions of our partial lockdown). Observe a pair of Zebra Doves (Geopelia striata) mating (above). Courtship involves the male bowing and lifting up of the tail with … Continued