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- June 10, 2009 at 5:45 am #263072
Saw this bird near my house. Can someone help with the ID? By the way, which bird ID book is recommended for local birds? Thanks.
Attachments:You must be logged in to view attached files.June 10, 2009 at 8:25 am #290959tridentMember
Can’t help with the ID now, got to go and check my book.
New Holland Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia by Craig Robson.
This is a very popular Field Guide.
BTW It’s a pretty looking bird.June 10, 2009 at 2:22 pm #290992kokhuitanModerator
This is a juv Pied Triller.June 11, 2009 at 3:42 am #291036tridentMember
Pied Triller, Scientific name : Lalage nigra is listed as Uncommon and is a resident here.
You are very lucky to get a shot at it. Please check to see if they are still around.
I also wantJune 11, 2009 at 4:13 am #291050
Hi Richard and Kok Hui,
Thanks for the info. By the way, how can you tell it’s a juv? Anyway, what does it mean by uncommon and resident here? Does it mean that it’s rare? Sorry, just want to make sure I understand what is written.
As for shooting it, sorry Richard. I checked this morning and it’s not there anymore. The nest is empty, both chicks have fledged. I can post the info now because they’ve fledged. However, I am still puzzle because quite a few people tell me that this bird is a juv. But from what I see, it seems to be one of the parent because it has been feeding the chicks and flying away for more food. Hmm …June 11, 2009 at 8:01 am #291085peacefuldoveMember
Pied triller – the juvenile looks like the female (maybe that is why you are confused )… Difference is slightly darker brown on the crown for juv & it has some buffed scales or something (cant remember) on the chest…you can read these from the field guides.(i read mine yesterday so I can shared it…i dont have these things inside my head… ).June 11, 2009 at 8:11 am #291086peacefuldoveMember
Lay men terms from my understanding –
uncommon means Not common lah …(seldom sighted!)
Common – means common loh…usually sighted……
Very common – means our mynas lah….. (joking!!)
rare – have a confirmed record of sighting (but very few) of its existence in that country……..
resident means Got PR loh – doesnt need to leave during migration season…..will also breed in that country
migratory – means come/sighted during migration season…….
I think there are more scientific way to explain the terms Hope the experts dont kill me for these answers……..June 11, 2009 at 1:18 pm #291109
Thanks for the clarification. Looks like I have to get myself a field guide too. Anyway, I’m pretty sure this one is the mother. The chick looks really different from my pictures. Yup, will post them later when I have time.June 11, 2009 at 5:46 pm #291134kokhuitanModerator
Juvenile has streaks on breast and scales on the upperparts, so I’ve to concur with you that it’s a female. As you can see a photo won’t tell the whole story, so it’s always good to have some notes about the location, habitat, behaviour, etc.
Kok HuiJune 12, 2009 at 4:59 am #291155
Hi Kok Hui,
Thanks for the clarification. I’m not very good about bird behavior yet. But will try my best in the future to note them down.
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