Cinereous Tit

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Presumed male Cinereous Tit. These Cinereous Tit (Parus cinereus ambiguous) are common in some parts of the world but occur in very localised areas in Malaysia. I have only ever seen them in mangrove forests and coastal Casuarina tree clumps. … Continued

Fiery Minivet – social group

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Took a break from all the Covid-19 prevention activities I am involved in, for a forest walk. Fiery Minivets (Pericrocotus igneus igneus) are considered near-threatened. They are an uncommon bird to see and the last time I saw them was at … Continued

Common Myna – nest

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Common Mynas (Acridotheres tristis tristis) in the city often nest in man-made sites. The old disused junction boxes of street lights, located 5 meters up, are a particular favourite; as non-functioning street lights. Breeding pairs will have fierce and bitter … Continued

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

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