INDO-MALAYAN Tropical & Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forest
passerine birds

The songbirds of the rainforest in tropical Asia can sometimes be difficult to find, but include some of the most beautiful species in the world...

Family Oriolidae: Orioles & Figbirds

Black-naped Oriole (Cambodia).

Maroon Oriole (Jigme Dorji National Park, Bhutan).

Family Campephagidae: Cuckooshrikes

Pericrocotus flammeus, 'Orange/Flame Minivet', (Kithugala, Sri Lanka).

Family Aegithinidae: Ioras

Dicruridae: Drongoes

'White-bellied Drongo' (Kithugala, Sri Lanka).

Family Monarchidae: Monarchs

Terpsiphone paradisi ceylonensis, Ceylon Paradise Flycatcher (Kelanni, Sri Lanka).

Family Corvidae: Crows, Jays, Magpies, and Treepies

Grey Treepie, (Jigme Dorji National Park, Bhutan).


Pycnonotus penicillatus, 'Yellow-eared Bulbul' Endemic to Sri Lanka (Horton Plains, Sri Lanka).

White-throated Bulbul (Jigme Dorji National Park, Bhutan).

'Yellow-browed Bulbul', (Kelani, Sri Lanka). 


'Ceylon White-eye' Endemic to Sri Lanka. (Horton Plains, Sri Lanka).

Family Timaliidae: Babblers, Tit-Babblers, Scimitar-Babblers

Pomatorhinus erythrogenys, 'Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler', (Jigme Dorji National Park, Bhutan).

Family Leiothrichidae, 'Laughing-thrushes'

Garrulax monileger, 'Lesser Necklaced Laughing Thrush' (Baan Maka Lodge, Thailand).

'Striated Laughing Thrush',  (Jigme Dorji National Park, Bhutan).

Argya rufescens, 'Orange-billed Babbler', 'Sri Lankan Babbler' (Kithugala, Sri Lanka). Endemic to Sri Lanka. They are often seen in naughty gangs in the village on the edge of the rainforest.

Family Sturnidae, Mynahs & Starlings

Ampeliceps coronatus, 'Golden-Crested Myna'.

Family Muscicapidae: Old World Flycatchers

Niltava macgrigoriae, 'Small Nitava'  (Jigme Dorji National Park, Bhutan).

Muscicapa muttui, 'Brown-breasted Flycatcher' (Kithugala, Sri Lanka). They have HUGE eyes compared to the size of their head. They often perch still on exposed branches in gaps in the forest.

Family Dicaeidae:, 'Flowerpeckers'

Dicaeum trigonostigma, 'Orange-bellied Flowerpecker', (Baan Maka Lodge, Thailand)

Family Nectariniidae, 'Sunbirds'

Arachnothera longirostra, 'Streaked Spiderhunter', (Seima, Cambodia).

Arachnothera longirostra, 'Little Spiderhunter'  (Our Jungle House Lodge, Thailand).

Aethopyga siparaja'Crimson Sunbird' (Our Jungle House Lodge, Thailand).

Cinnyris lotenius'Loten's Sunbird' (Kithugala, Sri Lanka).

Family Irenidae, 'Fairy Bluebirds'

Irena puella, 'Asian Fairy Bluebird' (Cambodia).

Family Chloropseidae, 'Leafbirds'

Chloropsis cochinchinensus, 'Blue-winged Leafbird' (Jahoo Gibbon Camp, Cambodia).

Thinking of doing expedition travel after everything has calmed down? I do a lot of my guiding and lecturing work on Silversea.