Saturday, June 6, 2015

The other birds of Maliau Basin

Further to my earlier post on our trips to see the secretive Bulwer's Pheasant Lophura bulweri, here is a collection of the other birds that I managed to photograph from those expeditions.

A young Short-toed Coucal Centropus rectunguis, this species is primarily a forest dweller and can be seen quite easily there.
A young Greater Coucal Centropus sinensis

Please see this post for a comparison between the coucals of Borneo.

Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinera foraging on the road side mud.
Male Whiskered Treeswift Hemiprocne comata, this species can be regularly seen perch on low twigs at almost eye level

Bristlehead Pityriasis gymnocephala, this group of Bornean endemic is seen here foraging on a road side tree.
Rufous-fronted Babbler Stachyris rufifrons, this pair is seen here constructing a nest.
Silver-rumped Spinetail Raphidura leucopygialis is abundant there. Occasionally they form into group and fly in circles.
Blue-winged Leafbird Chloropsis cochinchinensis, a species that was previously thought to occur only south of Sabah was first photographed here by Khairul Ikhwan Matnin.

Straw-headed Bulbul Pycnonotus zeylanicus, now a very difficult bird to see in the wild, this one was partly hidden and left without coming into clear view.

 Green Iora Aegithina viridissima, feeding on the same tree with the Blue-winged Leafbird.
A young  Rufous-bellied Hawk-eagle Hierraetus kienerii.
Black-and-white Bulbul Pycnonotus melanoleucos, one of the rarer bulbuls of Borneo.
Endemic female Bornean-blue Flycatcher Cyornis superbus.
Endemic male Bornean-blue Flycatcher Cyornis superbus.
Roulroul Rollulus rouloul 
 Large Green Pigeon Treron capellei, only found in remote forests in Sabah.
Chestnut-naped Forktail Enicurus ruficapillus foraging along Sungai Agathis near the Agathis Camp.
Bornaparte Nightjar Caprimulgus concretus , a very rare nightjar in Sabah.