Articles from April 2014

Buff-rumped Woodpecker

Buff-rumped Woodpecker by Ck Leong

The Buff-rumped Woodpecker Meiglyptes grammithorax is a common bird of the lowland forest.  Its behavior is typical of woodpeckers, moving constantly within the mid to upper canopy of the forest.  It prefers feeding from the smaller branches, mainly on ants and other insects.

Garnet Pitta

Garnet Pitta by Ck Leong

It has taken me a long time to get reacquainted with the wonderful bird.  After the Pitta granatina was split in 1996 (Lambert), I have been trying to see this bird which retained the common name of Garnet Pitta.  Last year, during a visit to Kalimantan, my luck came up and spotted it in the lowland forest of the Sungai Wain Protected Forest near Balikpapan.  Its behavior reminded me of its now northern Bornean cousin Pitta ussheri.  Both are great looking  jewels of the forest floor.