Gold-whiskered Barbet

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Some close up views of Gold-whiskered Barbet (Megalaima chrysopogon laeta), taken while feeding on an extensive trailing (creeper) fruiting ficus. Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr) Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia   Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia Habitat: Forest edge Date: 13th … Continued

Spotted flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) and its varied insect diet

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A lone Spotted Flycatcher, Muscicapa striata, denizen of Europe and Siberia, suddenly made its appearance at Kent Ridge Park, Singapore.  Although a plain looking passerine, the little bird induced great excitement amongst birdwatchers and bird photographers.  There are many beautiful portraits … Continued

Chestnut-winged Cuckoo

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Had only a brief opportunity to walk about today but spotted 2 migratory cuckoos. The Chestnut-winged Cuckoo (Clamator coromandus) is quite common but very shy for a cuckoo; so most times, we just get a glimpse in flight. We have … Continued

Baya Weaver: Do females assist in nest building?

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In having observed numerous Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus infortunatus) males build their remarkable nests. I ask myself “do females assist in nest building?” Males usually build nests until the helmet stage. At this time they advertise to females by flapping … Continued

Asian Glossy Starling – unique nest site

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Some Asian Glossy Starlings (Aplonis panayensis strigata) were nesting in cave temple statues. What a great, aesthetic location to nest but I doubt the birds were aware.   Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr) Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia   Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia … Continued

Baya Weaver – juvenile

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A juvenile Baya Weaver. Posting some images of a juvenile Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus infortunatus) that I saw at close range. Wells (2007) says about juveniles: Generally female-like. Distinguishing characteristics are not well known. Upper portion of a juvenile Baya Weaver. … Continued