Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

June 19, 2020

Bottom of Maxwell Hill

Filed under: Birds — admin @ 8:20 am

Kaki Bukit Larut , Taiping

I got up early this morning, had my Mee Hoon Soup and Kopi-o and waited for my Grab taxi to Kaki Bukit Larut, the bottom of Maxwell Hill. I trudged up the hill for a while, but there was nothing around, just some screeching Agile Gibbons, so I headed back down and went along the flat track towards the water-fall. I had a bit more luck there. I was quite astounded to see so many different primates, so I am putting them up first!

Agile Gibbon
Agile Gibbon (Hylobates agilis)

“The Agile Gibbon (Hylobates agilis), also known as the black-handed gibbon, is an Old World primate in the gibbon family. It is found in Indonesia on the island of Sumatra, Malaysia, and southern Thailand.” (wiki)

Agile Gibbon
Agile Gibbon (Hylobates agilis)

Dusky Leaf Monkey
Dusky Leaf Monkey (Trachypithecus obscurus)

The Dusky Leaf Monkey (Trachypithecus obscurus) is also known as the spectacled langur monkey or spectacled leaf monkey.

Dusky Leaf Monkey
Dusky Leaf Monkey (Trachypithecus obscurus)

Mothers had their babies tucked up underneath them holding on for dear life.

Dusky Leaf Monkey - male
Dusky Leaf Monkey (Trachypithecus obscurus) – male

I think this might have been the alpha male. He acted like he was the boss.

Southern Pig-tailed Macaque
Southern Pig-tailed Macaque (Macaca nemestrina)

“The southern pig-tailed macaque (Macaca nemestrina), also known as the Sundaland pig-tailed macaque and Sunda pig-tailed macaque, is a medium-sized macaque that lives in southern Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. It is known locally as the beruk.” (wiki)

Banded Woodpecker
Banded Woodpecker (Chrysophlegma miniaceum)

“The banded woodpecker (Chrysophlegma miniaceum) or the banded red woodpecker is a species of bird in the family Picidae. It is found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.”(wiki)

Gray-rumped Treeswift
Gray-rumped Treeswift (Hemiprocne longipennis)

Asian Fairy-bluebird
Asian Fairy-bluebird (Irena puella)

The light was horrendous for this photo, as it was for most of my photos today, doh!

Purple-naped Spiderhunter/Sunbird
Purple-naped Spiderhunter (Kurochkinegramma hypogrammicum)

“The purple-naped Spiderhunter(Kurochkinegramma hypogrammicum) is a species of bird in the family Nectariniidae. It is the only species in the genus Kurochkinegramma. It is found in Southeast Asia from Myanmar to Sumatra and Borneo. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

A study published in 2011 appeared to show that the purple-naped sunbird was phylogenetically nested within the genus Arachnothera. A subsequent 2017 study, conducted by some of the same authors and using additional sequence data, found that the purple-naped spiderhunter occupied a basal position to Arachnothera. It was formerly placed in the genus Hypogramma until it was realised that the name was preoccupied within Lepidoptera.” (wiki)

Taiping Bukit Larut bird list

Purple-naped Spiderhunter (Kurochkinegramma hypogrammicum)
Banded Woodpecker (Chrysophlegma miniaceum)
Asian Fairy-bluebird (Irena puella)
Gray-rumped Treeswift (Hemiprocne longipennis)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata)
Red-eyed Bulbul (Pycnonotus brunneus)

Primates

Agile Gibbon (Hylobates agilis)
Southern Pig-tailed Macaque (Macaca nemestrina)
Dusky Leaf Monkey (Trachypithecus obscurus)
Long-tailed Macaque

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