Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker – males

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Male. The male Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Picoides kizuki seebohmi) is a delightful, fast moving, small woodpecker. There are 9 sub-species in Japan alone. Ishida 2005 states that “The plumage coloration varies between regions ….. Japanese Pygmy Woodpeckers tend to look darker … Continued

Fluffy-backed Tit Babbler

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I saw these near-threatened (locally vulnerable bordering on endangered) Fluffy-backed Tit Babblers (Macronus ptilosus ptilosus) a number of times this morning. Initially a family unit of 4 birds (one bird seen was a juvenile); at another time was a pair … Continued

Chestnut Munia – getting hard to see

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A small flock of 4 Chestnut Munias (Lonchura atricapilla sinensis) was spotted around an ex-mining pool with fruit farms around. The site was next to the limestone outcroppings in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. Sad to say, these attractive small birds are becoming harder … Continued

Japanese Wagtail

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We only saw Japanese Wagtails (Motacilla grandis) twice and in rivers with gravel stones. We were fortunate to observe (from some distance) an adult pair feeding a single juvenile. Both parents were feeding the young. Post 1 above shows the … Continued

African Tulip Tree and Spiderhunters

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Post 1 I returned to the flowering Spathodea campanulata (African Tulip Tree) where I again saw 4 species of Spiderhunters feeding on nectar, high up: Long-billed Spiderhunter Arachnothera robusta robusta Grey-breasted Spiderhunter Arachnothera modesta modesta Spectacled Spiderhunter Arachnothera flavigaster Yellow-eared … Continued

Spectacled Spiderhunter – behaviour

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Post 1 I have watched the Spiderhunters that visit the flowering Spathodea campanulata (African Tulip Trees) extensively and would like to share some further observations. A number of immature birds also visited the trees; in particular the immatures of the … Continued

An odd Brown Shrike

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I saw this odd Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) today that had no tail to speak of. Either moulting but more likely lost in some traumatic event.   Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr) – Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia Location: Wetlands, Perak, Malaysia Habitat: Extensive … Continued

Cattle Egret – social group

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This is a rather long panorama image of part of a Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis coromundus) flock; only part is shown. I have detailed individual images and there are more than 414 birds in the flock. This is not a … Continued