a field guide to the planet - by Damon Ramsey
The beautiful and diverse birds of the tropical Asian jungle...
Pavo muticus, 'Green Peafowl' (Cambodia). Disjunct population: found on the south-east Asian mainland, and Java.
Lophura nycthemera, 'Silver Pheasant' (Khao Yai National Park, Thailand). Found in mostly montane forest on south-east Asian mainland, north into southern China.
Columba torringtoniae, 'Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon'. Endemic to Sri Lanka (Horton Plains). Endemic to montane forest of Sri Lanka.
Treron sphenurus, 'Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon' males (Lampelri Gardens, Bhutan). Found in mountain rainforests on the south-east Asian mainland.
Treron curvirostra, 'Thick-billed Pigeon' (Keosemia, Cambodia).
Macropygia unchall, 'Barred Cuckoo-Dove', (Jigme Dorji National Park, Bhutan). Distinctive iridescent neck.
Chalcophaps indica, 'Emerald Dove', (Kithugala, Sri Lanka). Found throughout tropical Asia.
Cuculus optatus, 'Oriental Cuckoo'. (Khao Sok National Park, Thailand).
Batrachostomus moniliger, 'Sri lankan/Ceylon Frogmouth' (Kithugal, Sri Lanka). Found in western Ghats of India and Sri Lanka.
Gallirallus torquatus, 'Barred Rail'. Found in understory of coastal rainforest on small islands in the Philippines and Sulawesi.
Nisaetus cirrhatus, 'Changeable/Crested Hawk-Eagle' (Kinabatangan River, Malaysia). As common name suggests, the colour and patterns vary. One of most distinctive features is the crest, however, not all individuals have this; (don't forget it's called 'changeable'). They are a commonly seen bird of prey and occur in many habitats, including the edge of the rainforest. There are many sub-species (or even species n a complex) across tropical Asia.
Haliastur indus, 'Brahminy Kite' (Kithugala, Sri Lanka).
Ketupa ketupu, 'Buffy Fish Owl' (Kinabatangan River, Borneo, Malaysia).
Otus sunia, 'Oriental Scops Owl' (Kaeng Krachan, Thailand).
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.