The Bushy-crested Hornbill is the most common hornbill of the lowland forest in Borneo. It moves around in small flocks of up to a dozen birds, feeding on fruit and insects. Whereas most other hornbills breed in pairs, the Bushy-crested Hornbill has a social system of cooperative breeding, thus enabling the species a much higher chance of survivalabilty in a limited habitat.
Articles from November 2014
Here’s another common flowerpecker found in gardens and secondary forest. The Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker Dicaeum cruentatum is really appropriately named, the male flashing its brilliant colours at every opportunity. Different colour morphs have been reported, with this particular individual showing a much narrower white on the belly.
At the Tanjung Aru beach north of Kota Kinabalu last month, this lone Gull-billed Tern stood out among a group of Little Terns. It was already in winter plumage, grey on the upper parts and black patch behind the eye. Perhaps because it was with the Little Terns, its size caught my full attention (my lifer!). Between graceful flights over the surf, it came down on the beach and sat with the other terns and waders. Great day.