Sunday, August 8, 2010


The first post with new materials from home in Thailand! It's much cooler here than in Japan at the moment because of the rain. All the grasses and the trees look so fresh and green. Lots of birds are flying around all day. A pair of Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) is now building a nest under my roof and the parents are very noisy when they make the territorial call. Few Spotted Doves (Streptopelia chinensis) come down to the playground every morning and afternoon as usual. Common Tailorbirds (Orthotomus sutorius) hop along the vegetation and the sunbirds and flowerpeckers hover among the canopy.

Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)

A family of the Black-collared Starling (Starling Sturnus) often comes around my yard looking for food. These birds can be very noisy and really difficult to approach. The adult bird has thick black collar on its neck and bright yellow facial skin. The juvenile is duller with no distinct collar.

The bird that got me interested was this Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster) that came to my house shortly after the rain this morning. Normally, the northern subspecies of this bulbul has distinct red vent, but this bird strangely has yellow like to the subspecies found in lower parts of the country. However, the bird still seemed to be a juvenile bird, so I'm not really sure if it's another subspecies or a variant young bird that hasn't developed the colouration of its undertail coverts.

The last species for this post is this black and white Oriental Magpie-Robin (Copsychus saularis). A family of 4 fledglings and 1 father sticks around the playground all day looking for worms that dug themselves up from the ground after the rain. A bit strange that I didn't see the mother bird at all. The father looks really worn out and the chicks all look ugly with their scaly breasts. They can sometimes be really shy but once I sit still enough for a while they come around really close, like the above photos.


Stu said...

Well I've seen Oriental Magpie Robin before at least........

Wow escaping from the heat in Japan by going to Thailand, can't quite get my head round that!

Unravel said...

Hahaha I know that it sounds weird, but it's true that it feels cooler here than in Japan at the moment, Stu! The temperature is pretty much the same, 25-32 celcius degrees, but with chilly wind and rain fall everyday and almost no strong sunlight.

Phil said...

Those starlings look like a very attractive species but unusual for a starling sp to be shy.

Ryou said...

The family of Magpie Robins look so cute. Perhaps the mother took a day off... ;-) One's company, two's a crowd, three's a party... but four juveniles to feed is just tiring! Haha!

Unravel said...

Thanks a lot Phil and Ryou!
Phil> I think the reason why birds in Thailand are so shy is because heavy hunting which is still an ongoing issue.
Ryou> Haha that might be true! I just love what you're saying here.