a field guide to the planet - by Damon Ramsey
The generally degraded human habitats of Asia that include farms, gardens, cities and villages, host a variety of introduced and native flora and fauna...
Hevea brasilensis, 'Rubber Tree' with latex (Bukit Lawang, Indonesia).
Ficus religiosa, 'Bodhi Tree', 'Buddha Fig'. Leaves have very long thin drip-tip. Often planted around temples.
Unonia hierta, 'Yellow Pansy' (Bhutan).
Halcyon smyrnensis, 'White-throated/breasted Kingfisher'. Found near water and around small settlements, from middle east across Asia to Bali. Often seen perched on wires. In the Philippines it is the similar Halcyon gularis 'Brown-breasted Kingfisher'
Upupa epops, 'Eurasian Hoopoe', (Bhutan).
Oriolus xanthornus, 'Black-hooded Oriole', (Talangama, Sri Lanka).
Lanius schach, 'Long-tailed Shrike'/'Rufous-backed Shrike' (Bhutan). A very widespread native bird found south to New Guinea.
Crypsirina temia, 'Racket-tailed Treepie', (Prek Toal, Cambodia). In poor light, as in this photograph, these birds appear quite dark and dull, however, in good light they are a much more attractive glossy green.
Pycnonotus cafer, 'Red-vented Bulbul', (Bhutan). A native bird that has also become an introduction outside it's range.
Argya affinis, 'Yellow-billed Babbler' (Talangama, Sri Lanka).
'Common/Indian Mynah' nesting in wall (Sri Lanka).
Copsychus saularis, 'Oriental Magpie-Robin' (Bhutan). One of the most common urban birds throughout tropical Asia, even found in big bustling cities such as Bangkok.
Lonchura punctulata, 'Scaly-breasted/Spotted Munia' (Bhutan). Often found around villages and farms.
Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? The first expedition I am booked to work on after the virus is Micronesia, New Guinea & Indonesia in 2021 with Silversea.