Articles from June 2011

Bornean Whistling-thrush

The endemic Bornean Whistling-thrush Myophonus borneensis is a common bird around the rocky streams of Mt Kinabalu and other mountains.  With its high pitched whistle and frequent display of its fan tail, you would have little trouble to id this bird.

Purple Heron

The Purple Heron Ardea purpurea has a large range from Africa to Eurasia to the Sundas.  Here in Sabah, this big heron has established itself in most of the freshwater habitats.  Along the Kinabatangan river, the population has increased tremendously in recent years.  In Kota Kinabalu, the heron is also a common sighting in many areas of the city.

Spectacled Spiderhunter

The Spectacled Spiderhunter Arachnothera flavigaster is a bit of a bully, ready to chase away other birds from any flowering tree it frequents.  It also has a preference for the top level of trees.  If you are hoping a get a photo of the bird as I did, it is better to find a low level flowering tree.  Good luck.