Articles from June 2010

Little Green Pigeon

Here’s a common bird found in all kinds of habitat up to submontane forest.  The Little Green Pigeon Treron olax moves around in small flocks, feeding on berries and figs.  Sometimes one gets lucky when the bird comes down to feed on a low branch, affording great views as I did with this bird.  I have to admit that I have difficulty distinguishing the calls of the different Treron pigeons but no matter, they all look good.

Sunda Cuckoo

If you are visiting Mt Kinabalu between February and April, you would most likely hear the 3 note call of the Sunda Cuckoo Cuculus lepidus.  Reduced vocalisation during the other months of the year makes it more challenging  to look for then, even though it is a common resident here.  It used to be lumped together with Oriental Cuckoo but is now a species on its own, based on differences in size, call and plumage.