a field guide to the planet - by Damon Ramsey
The beautiful and increasingly rare birds of the dry seasonal monsoonal deciduous forest of India and south-east Asia...
Francolinus pintadeanus, 'Chinese/Burmese Francolin', (Tmatboey Lodge, Cambodia). Distribution is south-east Asian mainland into southern China.
Pavo cristatus, 'Indian Peafowl'. Endemic to India and Sri Lanka, but introduced to many other places around the world.
Male peacock in display.
Treron bicinctus, 'Orange-breasted Green Dove' Foud in tropical Asia, from India, through to Java.
? Cacomantis sonneratii, 'Banded Bay Cuckoo', (Kulen Prontemp, Cambodia).
Caprimulgus affinis, 'Savanna Nightjar', (Kulen Prontemp, Cambodia).
Burhinus indicus, 'Indian Stone-Curlew/Thick-knee'.
Vanellus indicus, 'Red-wattled Lapwing', (Kulen Prontemp, Cambodia).
Glareola maldivarum, 'Oriental Pratincole', (Florican Grasslands, Cambodia).
Thaumatibis gigantea, 'Giant Ibis', (Kulen Prontemp, Cambodia). Only found regularly in northern Cambodia.
Pseudibis davisoni, 'White-shouldered Ibis' (Kulen Prontemp, Cambodia). Rare. Restricted to small ranges within Borneo and mainland south-east Asia.
Haliastur indus, 'Brahminy Kite'.
? Nisaetus cirrhatus, 'Changeable Hawk-eagle'.
Nisaetus cirrhatus ceylanensis, '(Sri Lankan Crested) Changeable Hawk-eagle'.
Spilornis cheela, 'Crested Serpent Eagle' (Lunugamvehera National Park, Sri Lanka). Usually found on edge of forest, often near water, across tropical Asia.
Haliaeetus ichthyaetus, 'Grey-headed Fish Eagle' , (Lunugamvehera National Park, Sri Lanka). Found in open habitats neat water across tropical Asia.
Athene brama, 'Spotted Owlet' (Florican Grasslands, Cambodia).
Glaucidium cuculoides, 'Barred Owlet' (Tmatboey Lodge, Cambodia). Distributed from Nepal across south-east Asian mainland and north into southern China.
Ocyceros gingalensis, 'Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill'. Found in forests and woodlands, only in Sri Lanka.
Merops philippinus, 'Blue-tailed Bee-eater', (Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand).
Merops orientalis 'Little Green Bee-eater'. Very widespread, from northern Africa, through middle east, India, and into the south-east Asian mainland. The subspecies above is ceylonicus in Sri Lanka and has a very rufous head.
Coracias benghalensis, 'Indian Roller', (Bunadala, Sri Lanka). Found from the middle east, across India, to tropical south-east Asia.
Psilopogon lineatus, 'Lineated Barbet', Kulen Prontemp, Cambodia).
The open woodlands of tropical Asia have a high diversity of woodpeckers. They range in shape, colour, size and ecological niche.
Dendrocopos hyperythrus, 'Rufous-bellied Woodpecker', (Kulen Prontemp, Cambodia). Found in closed and open forest across tropical Asia.
Leiopicus mahrattensis, 'Yellow-crowned Woodpecker', (Kulen Prontemp, Cambodia). Mostly found in India, but also patchily distibuted in some parts of mainland south-east Asia.
Micropternus brachyurus, 'Rufous Woodpecker', (Kulen Prontemp, Cambodia).
Picus erythropygius, 'Black-headed Woodpecker', (Kulen Prontemp, Cambodia). Almost looks like an old-world Oriole. Restricted to south-east Asian mainland.
Mulleripicus pulverulentus, 'Great Slaty Woodpecker' (Kulen Prontemp, Cambodia). The largest woodpecker in the world. Found in undisturbed open and closed habitats. Distribution from north-east India, across mainland south-east Asia and south to Java.
Polihierax insignis, 'White-rumped Pygmy Falcon', (Kulen Prontemp, Cambodia).
Psittacula krameric, 'Rose-ringed/Ring-necked Parakeet', (Bundala, Sri Lanka).
Psittacula alexandri,'Red-breasted Parakeet', (Kulen Prontemp, Cambodia).
Psittacula roseata, 'Blossom-headed Parakeet' (female), (Kulen Prontemp, Cambodia).
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. Meanwhile I am giving a lecture on the Sunshine Coast (Australia) on the "Sounds of suburban south-east Queensland".