Blue-headed Pitta

Blue-headed Pitta male

Blue-headed Pitta male

Here’s one of my all time favorites, the Blue-headed Pitta Hydrornis baudii.  This Bornean endemic is locally common in lowland primary forest but is constantly threatened by habitat loss.  Its behavior is similar to that of other pittas as is its feeding habit.

Grey-and-buff Woodpecker

Grey-and-buff Woodpecker male

Grey-and-buff Woodpecker male

Grey-and-buff Woodpecker female

Grey-and-buff Woodpecker female

The genus Hemicircus has only 2 species including this wonderful Grey-and-buff  Woodpecker H. concretus.  The male displays its scarlet triangular crest with great pomp with the female no less respondent in all grey.  While at Tabin Wildlife Reserve many years ago I observed a pair of them excavating a series of holes on a dead branch.  At that time I had never heard of group roosting of these woodpeckers so I thought it was rather smart of this little birds to make some false cavities to fool would be predators.  And of course I admired their great industry.

Thick-billed Spiderhunter

Thick-billed Spiderhunter by Ck Leong

An uncommon bird of the lowlands, the Thick-billed Spiderhunter Arachnothera crassirostris is sometimes confused with the Little Spiderhunter A. longilostra which has whitish-grey throat.   Both birds also have similar eye markings.

Black-capped White-eye

Black-capped White-eye by Ck Leong

Here’s a common resident of the mountains of Borneo and Sumatra.  The Black-capped White-eye Zosterops atricapilla frequents the mid to upper storey of the montane forests.  It moves around in pairs or small groups, feeding on invertebrates, fruits and nectar.  It is usually in constant motion, with a repeated twittering call to stay in touch with the others in the flock.

Pink-necked Green Pigeon

Pink-necked Green Pigeon by Ck Leong

The Pink-necked Green Pigeon Treron vernans is the most common of the green pigeons in Borneo.  It is found in gardens, coastal and secondary forests throughout South-east Asia.  It moves around in small flocks, feeding on fruits and berries.  Its colourful plumage allows it to blend into the greenery.