Painted Stork

Common name: Painted Stork Binomial name: Mycteria leucocephala Description: A large sized 95cm tall stork that has a bare reddish head and a heavy yellow down- curved beak. It has a distinctive black breast band with white scaly markings, which continues along the underwing, resulting in white stripes running across the underwing. Call: Weak moans,... Continue Reading →

Milky Stork

Common name: Milky Stork Binomial name: Mycteria cinerea Description: A medium sized 95cm tall stork, its plumage is completely white except for a streak of black flight feathers. This white portion is suffused with a pale creamy yellow during breeding season, hence the term "milky". This milky plumage is absent when off- season. The bare... Continue Reading →

Common Tailorbird

Common name: Common Tailorbird Binomial name: Orthotomus sutorius Description: A small 10cm songbird from the Cisticolidae family. It is a brightly coloured bird with bright green- brown upperparts and a creamy- white belly. It has short and rounded wings and a sharp bill with a curved tip. Call: Loud cheeup-cheeup-cheeup Diet: Insects including beetles, nectar... Continue Reading →

Yellow- crested Cockatoo

Common name: Yellow- crested cockatoo Binomial name: Cacatua sulphurea Description: A medium- sized 34cm long cockatoo with white plumage, bluish- white periorbits, black feet and bill, with a yellow crest. Also known as the lesser sulphur-crested cockatoo. It bears great similarities to its bigger and more common cousin, the greater sulphur-crested cockatoo (which are locally... Continue Reading →

Zebra Dove

Common name: Zebra Dove Binomial name: Geopelia striata Description: A 21cm slender long- tailed dove, with predominantly brownish- grey plumage with black and white barring, thus giving it its other name: barred ground dove. Call: Pleasant soft staccato coos Diet: Seeds, grains, small insects Habitat: Scrubs, farmlands, open lowlands Native countries: Southeast Asia IUCN Conservation... Continue Reading →

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo

Common name: Greater Racket-tailed Drongo Binomial name: Dicrurus paradiseus Description: Black, glossy plumage with a raised tuft on its forehead; tail lightly forked with elongated streamers ending in a curled "racket". Juveniles are duller and lack tail streamers. Call: Varied vocal repertoire, known to also utter metallic "tunk- tunk- tunk" whistles and harsh notes Diet:... Continue Reading →

Striated Heron

Common name: Striated heron Binomial name: Butorides striata Description: Small heron, 44cm tall; adults have blue- grey back and wings, white underparts, a black cap with raised erectile of the same colour, and a dark line that runs from bill to undereye. Call: Not a vocal bird, striated herons rarely call. It gives a loud... Continue Reading →

Olive-backed Sunbird

Common name: Olive- backed sunbird/ yellow- breasted sunbird Binomial name: Cinnyris jugularis Description: 11cm sunbird. Males have a distinctive iridescent bluish- black forehead, throat and upper breast; and bright yellow underparts. Females have olive- green upper plumage, and yellow underparts. Call: High- pitched metallic chirping "cheep, cheep, cheep" Diet: Nectar, small insects Habitat: Secondary forests,... Continue Reading →

Scaly-breasted Munia

Common name: Scaly- breasted munia/ spotted munia Binomial name: Lonchura punctulata Description: 12cm sparrow- sized estrildid finch. Adults have stubby dark bills, dark brown head and brown upper plumage. Its name is based on the distinct scale- like feather markings on its breast and belly. Call: Short whistles, variations of "kitty- kitty- kitty" Diet: Seeds,... Continue Reading →

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