a field guide to the planet - by Damon Ramsey
The incredible diversity and colour of the passerine or songbirds of the tropical Asian jungle...
Pericrocotus cinnamomeus, 'Small Minivet', (Kulen Prontemp, Cambodia). Found from India, across south-east Asia to Java.
Prinia polychroa, 'Brown Prinia', (Kulen Prontemp, Cambodia).
Prinia rufescens, 'Rufescent Prinia', (Kulen Prontemp, Cambodia). Found throughout mainland south-east Asia.
Pycnonotus flaviventris, 'Black-crested Bulbul' (Khao Yai National Park, Thailand). Distinctive tall black crest. Bright surprised yellow eye with large black pupil. Sometimes a red throat patch is seen. Common throughout south-east Asia, especially in more open habitats. Found from India across south-east Asian mainland to Singapore.
Sitta frontalis 'Velvet-fronted Nuthatch', (Kulen Prontemp, Cambodia).
Copsychus fulicatus, 'Indian Robin', Lunugamvehera National Park, Sri Lanka). Found in open habitats across India and surrounding countries.
Saxicola caprata, 'Pied Bushchat' (Florican Grasslands, Cambodia). A widespread bird with many sub-species, distributed from the Middle East, through India, South-east Asia and to New Guinea.
Cinnyris asiaticus, 'Purple Sunbird', (Tmatboey Lodge, Cambodia).
Chloropsis aurifrons, 'Golden-fronted Leafbird' (Kulen Prontemp, Cambodia). Widespread throughout tropical Asia.
Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? One of the first expeditions I am booked to work on is the NZ sub-Antarctics with Silversea Expeditions and Australia with Coral Expeditions. And here is a shortened version of one of my lectures in a warmer part of the world.