Red-throated Barbet – male

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This was an unexpected sighting of the Red-throated Barbet (Megalaima mystacophanos mystacophanos). I was at the fringe of the city at an old run-down orchard (within the restrictions of our partial lockdown) when this bird flew in. It had come … Continued

Verditer Flycatcher – sexes

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Male. Images of the Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassinus thalassoides) – three females and one male. Female. Female. Female.   Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr) Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia   Location: ~1,700m ASL, Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia Habitat: Road running through primary montane … Continued

Common Iora – male and female

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Male Common Iora. Although the Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia horizoptera) is common, just as its name implies, it never fails to delight. Female Common Iora.   Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr) Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia   Location: Malim Nawar Wetlands, Perak, Malaysia … Continued

Abbott’s Babbler

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I am always surprised at how many pairs of Abbott’s Babblers (Malacocincla abbotti olivacea) there are in overgrown, secondary growth locations all over the city. I spent 50 minutes with one pair today and after a while they tolerated my … Continued

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

Zebra Dove – sexing

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Sexing of Zebra Doves (Geopelia striata) is best identified by courtship behaviour with male bowing and displaying. When not mating physical sex differences are subtle and not necessarily consistent. Calls between sexes also do not appear to be different.  Gibbs, … Continued

Lesser vs. Greater Green Leafbirds

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I have been seeing a number of leafbirds recently. A composite image below shows the difference between the Lesser Green Leafbird (Chloropsis cyanopogon) and the Greater Green Leafbird (Chloropsis sonnerati zosterops) for males and females. Note in Greater Green Leafbirds the heavier, hooked bill; the black … Continued