Articles from November 2012

Orange-headed Thrush

I took this photo of the Orange-headed Thrush Zoothera citrina on May earlier this year on the ground of the Rafflesia Information Centre along the Tambunan Road.  It was perched on a low branch on a smallish plant, probably in between feeding forays.  Since then I have been told it is dead, another victim of window collision.  Much have been said about birds and the dangers posed by transparent glass used in many buildings.  Most birds can perform incredible flight manoeuvres but none can detect transparent or reflective glass.  Sad.

Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher

I like the notion of fairy flycatchers (family Stenostiridae) in which the Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher is now placed.  It has a nice magical tone to it even though the only resemblance of this bird to the wee folk is its 12 – 13 cm size.  And it is not shy.  Still it behaves like a typical flycatcher, hawking for insects and co. from its perch (in Borneo, it favours the low to mid storey of hill forests).