Sub-adult Greater Coucal

posted in: Morphology-Develop. | 3

Desmond Wong’s a.k.a des95446 image of a sub-adult Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis) shows the transitional plumage form. A juvenile has a head that is dull black with brown spots. And this is still apparent in this sub-adult. The wings of … Continued

Juvenile Laced Woodpecker

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In August 2009, we posted the Laced Woodpecker (Picus vittatus) feeding a pair of chicks in the nest. Since then, the chicks have fledged. According to Mark G, the juveniles had just fledged and not too steady in perching, felling … Continued

Do birds perspire?

posted in: Bee-eaters, Morphology-Develop. | 2

“It was hot at Sg. Balang in the Johor state of Malaysia. The birds were taking cover under shade, but some like the Blue-tailed Bee-Eater (Merops philippinus), were out in the open under the hot sun, perched on bamboo poles, … Continued

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