Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Small Birds

This post is going to be the last one for this week since I'm going to Doi Angkang tomorrow morning and will be back on Sunday. Yesterday as I was walking around in my garden, I heard a loud voice of the Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis), a usual visitor of my house, calling from a tree nearby. I later found a male perching in a bael tree singing his sweet metallic song. It is a very small bird with long curved beak adapted for nectar sucking. The name sunbird comes from the male bird's glossy feathers. For the Olive-backed Sunbird, male bird has bluish-glossed feathers on its throat and upper breast with maroon breast band and bright yellow belly. Female has glossy black throat replaced by plain yellow feathers. It is one of the few sunbirds in Thailand that can be found in gardens and cities.

Olive-backed Sunbird

Another small bird for this post is the Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius), a member of warbler family, which can be commonly seen in parks and gardens. Male bird has elongated central pair of tail feathers during this season of the year, but unfortunately I could only photographed the female, which has much a shorter tail. This bird also has loud high-pitched voice which can be recognised easily. Although very common, it is truly a difficult target to photograph.

9 comments:

madibirder said...

yes these two are common around the garden but they are always a welcomed sight. the tailorbird in particular is a loud caller and good to hear them every morning

Ari said...

Even though common in the gardens, they are quite a challenge to photograph,you did very well!

Russell said...

Love both of these birds. I've seen Olive-backed Sunbirds in Australia. They are real gems. Splendid photographs.

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

Oh! I love these photos!! The second bird looks like one from the Jurassic era :)

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

I'm following your blog now :)

Chris said...

Small but wonderful!!! What beautiful pictures you got! Gorgeous and well done!

Phil said...

Just popped in to see if you are back from your trip yet with some pictures?

Unravel said...

Thanks a lot everyone!
I'm now processing photos from the trip and it's gonna be a while til I finish.

Stu said...

Wow, I've seen both those!