Articles from May 2013

Blue-banded Kingfisher

Blue-banded Kingfisher male

Blue-banded Kingfisher female


The Blue-banded Kingfisher Alcedo euryzona is probably the least common of the resident kingfishers in Borneo.  It prefers flowing clear rocky streams in hill forests which by themselves are increasingly harder to find.  It has the ability to stand in gentle flowing water, allowing it to perch on wet rocks while waiting for fish and other aquatic prey.  You would probably have more joy seeing this behavior after some rain when water levels are higher and fish are more active.

Brown-throated Sunbird

The Brown-throated Sunbird Anthreptes malacensis is a common sunbird of gardens and secondary forests.  As with all sunbirds you will need a good dose of sunlight to see its brilliance.  The female is plain olive-greenish and best identified by the yellow around the eyes.