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December 16, 2020

Mountain Birding 201216

Filed under: Birds — admin @ 6:31 am

Gunung Raya – Langkawi

Yesterday morning we woke up early and headed up the mountain. The day was clear and no clouds. We stopped at the hornbill tree, but no dice. Then sped up the mountain and saw a few birds near the top. Drifted down just listening and looking around. Stopped a few times until this random spot picked up a few birds that came in and surrounded us. I ended up with one tick and an unidentifiable Phylloscopus sp.

Yellow-browed Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus)

“Small, active warbler with greenish upperparts, white underparts, distinct pale yellowish eyebrow, and distinct pale wingbars (upper wingbar short and less distinct). Overlaps in range with many other warbler species; compare especially with Hume’s Warbler, Pallas’s Leaf Warbler, and Two-barred Warbler. Breeds in mid- to high-elevation forests and winters in a wide range of wooded and scrubby habitats, where usually rather active; sometimes hovers to pick bugs from leaf tips. Call a distinctive, 2-syllable, upslurred “tsu-weet.” Song is a very high, thin series of alternating long and short notes: “tseee-ts’a’wi-tseeeee.”” (ebird)

Yellow-browed Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus)

Pin-striped Tit-babbler
Pin-striped Tit-babbler (Mixornis gularis)

Is this Mixornis gularis chersonesophilus or Mixornis gularis gularis ?

Pin-striped Tit-babbler
Pin-striped Tit-babbler (Mixornis gularis)

Identifying features include: Wings and tail rufous brown, Mantle and back light brown, rufous crown, Yellow supercilium, underparts pale yellow, fine black streaks on lower throat and breast. (NUS wiki)

Phylloscopus Sp.
Phylloscopus Sp.

It could possibly be an Arctic Warbler (Phylloscopus borealis) but is not possible to identify without the call. Thanks Nikolas Haas for the help.

Ruby-cheeked Sunbird  - male
Ruby-cheeked Sunbird (Chalcoparia singalensis) – male

Ruby-cheeked Sunbird  - female
Ruby-cheeked Sunbird (Chalcoparia singalensis) – female

Spectacled Langur
Spectacled Langur (Trachypithecus obscurus)

Also known as spectacled leaf monkey, or Dusky Leaf Monkey.

Langkawi bird list

Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus)
Red-eyed Bulbul (Pycnonotus brunneus)
Orange-bellied Flowerpecker (Dicaeum trigonostigma)
Pin-striped Tit-babbler (Mixornis gularis)
Ruby-cheeked Sunbird (Chalcoparia singalensis)
Phylloscopus Sp.

Resources: http://www.planetofbirds.com/passeriformes-sylviidae-arctic-warbler-phylloscopus-borealis
http://orientalbirdimages.org/search.php?Bird_ID=1518&Bird_Image_ID=60460
https://wiki.nus.edu.sg/display/TAX/Mixornis+gularis+-+Pin-striped+Tit-Babbler

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