a field guide to the planet - by Damon Ramsey
Otus megalotis, 'Philippine Scops Owl' (Nuts Huts, Bohol, Philippines).
Hornbills are large birds, and the swooshing of the wings of some species sounds like an approaching steam train!
Buceros bicornis, 'Great Hornbill' (Keo Seima, Cambodia).
Anthracoceros albirostris, 'Oriental Pied Hornbill' (Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand). The most commonly seen Hornbill throughout south-east Asia.
Rhyticeros undulatus, 'Wreathed/Bar-pouched Hornbill', male (Khao Yai National Park, Thailand). The male has large yellow throat, and sometimes you can see a stripe across this. Found in forest and flying across forest edge and gaps, often in higher altitude areas. Found across south-east Asia south to Java.
Ocyceros gingalensis, 'Ceylon Grey Hornbill' (Kithugala, Sri lanka).
Nyctyornis athertoni, 'Blue-bearded Bee-Eater' (Keosimia, Cambodia).
Coracias benghalensis, 'Indian Roller', (Jigme Dorji National Park, Bhutan).
Alcedo meninting, 'Blue-eared Kingfisher'.
Psilopogon faiostrictus, 'Green-eared Barbet', (Baan Maka Lodge, Thailand)
Psilopogon flavifrons, 'Yellow-fronted Barbet' (Kelani, Sri Lanka). Endemic to Sri Lanka.
Psilopogon franklinii, 'Golden-throated Barbet' (Bhutan). Found in hill forest on the south-east Asian mainland.
Dryocopus javensis, 'White-bellied/Great Black Woodpecker' (Keosemia, Cambodia).
Dendrocopos hyperythrus, 'Rufous-bellied Woodpecker' (Bhutan). Found in forest across mainland south-east Asia, from Himalayas, north to China.
Corydon sumatranus, 'Dusky Broadbill' (Jahoo Gibbon Camp, Cambodia).
Loriculus beryllinus, 'Ceylon Hanging Parrot'. Endemic to Sri Lanka.
Psittacula alexandri, 'Red-breasted Parakeet' (Nature Lodge, Cambodia). Found in rainforest across much of south-east Asia.
Psittacula calthrapae, 'Layard's Parakeet'. (Kithugala, Sri Lanka). Endemic breeder to forests and forest edge of Sri Lanka.
Pitta moluccensis, 'Blue-winged Pitta' (Thailand).
Hydrornis phayrei, 'Eared Pitta' (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 here is a shortened version of one of my lectures in a warmer part of the world.