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New Names for Old Friends – Changes to Clements Taxonomy 2017 affecting the Malaysian List

Text by Dave Bakewell   Each year, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology publishes an update to the Clements Checklist, which incorporates some of the latest published and peer-reviewed research into the taxonomy of the world’s birds. It is published every August, and this year’s update can be found at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/august-2017/. A up to date world […]

Nectar Robbing by Red-throated Sunbird on Cassava Flower. (Manihot esculenta; Pokok Ubi Gajah)

Text and pictures by Izzat Ahmad Fauzi, 22 July 2017 Nectar robbing in action by adult male and juvenile Red-throated Sunbird     Cassava variety, locally known as Ubi Gajah is an ornamental plant, grown for shade cover and as natural fence. The tuber produced by Ubi Gajah is not suitable for consumption as it […]

The intriguing Malaysian Rail-Babbler

Text and Images by Choy Wai Mun My encounter with the enigmatic Malaysian Rail-Babbler last year in the wild interiors of Kedah has been regularly haunting my thoughts for the past year or so. I failed to relocate the bird despite numerous trips to the locality ever since that faithful day. The bird has been […]

eBird Illustrated Checklists are here!

You can now view a digital bird guide for any hotspot or region in the world: an Illustrated Checklist. The best part? It’s all using sightings that you contributed! We take the highest-rated photo and sound from the Macaulay Library, combine with eBird data to show seasonal occurrence, and include the last date when a species was seen in that place. The result: a quick overview for the region that gives the most relevant information. Want your photo to be the best image for that region? Add them to your eBird checklists! To check out Illustrated Checklists, search for any region or search for any hotspot. At the top of the species list you’ll see a new tab titled “Illustrated Checklist”. Here’s an example.

Don’t have the right tools? No problem for this Long-tailed Shrike.

Text and Images by Chin Choong Liung Ever wonder how carnivorous animals feed? For humans, we need forks and knives. For birds of prey such as eagles and hawks, their strong talons help to hold prey while their sharp beaks tear the flesh into smaller pieces for easy consumption. Shrikes, on the other hand, is a […]

Global Big Day 2017 in Malaysia

Text by Yeo Yee Ling Images by Choy Wai Mun On 13 May 2017, birders in Malaysia (Peninsular, Sabah and Sarawak) joined almost 20,000 like-minded birders across 150 countries to participate in this year’s Global Big Day. Together as a global team 50,000 checklists were submitted containing 6,564 species of birds and that is more […]

May 2017 in Malaysia

The Malaysian Plover, the Malayan Banded-Pitta, Malayan Peacock-Pheasant,  Malayan Laughingthrush and Malayan Whistling-Thrush are some of the bird species bearing the word Malaysia or Malaya in their names which you can lookout and listen for when you go birdwatching this month of May 2017! Audio clips of the following species below are possible thanks to the contributors who shared them […]


Often times, we can recognise the voices of people we know or our favourite singers. But does the same apply in the animal world particularly for many birds that regularly call and/or sing? Weighing about 110 g, the Sunda Scops-Owl (Otus lempiji) is one of the six resident owl species under the same genus, most […]

Daytime vocalization of a Brown Boobook

Text and Images by Choy Wai Mun Air Hitam Dalam Educational Forest in northern mainland Penang is well-known for diurnal observations of owls like the Buffy Fish-owl Ketupa ketupu and Spotted Wood-owls Strix seluputo. Apart from the two, there are other species of night birds that occur within the borders of this small of swamp […]

Chinese Egrets in Malaysia – Where, when and how to find them

Text by Dave Bakewell Pictures by Dave Bakewell & Neoh Hor Kee White egrets are notoriously confusing for the novice and experienced birder alike, with their lack of obvious plumage features and variable ‘bare part’ (legs, bill and lores) colouration. Identifying them correctly largely depends on an appreciation of subtle differences in structure and shape, […]