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INDO-MALAYAN Tropical & Subtropical Dry (Deciduous) Forest

The incredible diversity and colour of the passerine or songbirds of the tropical Asian dry forest and open woodlands...

Family Oriolidae: Old World Orioles

Oriolus xanthornus, 'Black-hooded Oriole', (Talangama, Sri Lanka).

Family Campephagidae: Cuckooshrikes

Pericrocotus cinnamomeus, 'Small Minivet', (Kulen Prontemp, Cambodia). Found from India, across south-east Asia to Java.

Family Rhipiduridae: Fantails

(Bali Barat National Park, Indonesia)

Rhipidura javanica, 'Malaysian Pied Fantail'.

Family Dicruridae: Drongos

Family Laniidae: Shrikes

(Kulen Prontemp, Cambodia)

Lanius collurioides, 'Burmese Shrike'. Found in many habitats across mainland south-east Asia.

Family Cisticolidae: Cisticolas & Prinias

Prinia polychroa, 'Brown Prinia', (Kulen Prontemp, Cambodia).

Prinia rufescens, 'Rufescent Prinia', (Kulen Prontemp, Cambodia). Found throughout mainland south-east Asia.

Family Hirundinidae: Martins & Swallows

Swallow (image by Damon Ramsey)Barn Swallow (Udawalawa National Park, Sri Lanka)

Hirundo rustica, 'Barn Swallow'. The most widespread species of swallow in the world.

Family Pycnonotidae: Bulbuls

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.

Family Sittidae: Nuthatches

Sitta frontalis 'Velvet-fronted Nuthatch', (Kulen Prontemp, Cambodia).

Family Sturnidae: Starlings & Mynas

(Bali Barat National Park, Indonesia)

Leucopsar rothschildi'Bali Myna', 'Bali Starling'. Endemic to Bali. Rare; there may be less than 100 bird left in the wild.

Family Muscicapidae: Old World Flycatchers, Chats

Copsychus fulicatus, 'Indian Robin', Lunugamvehera National Park, Sri Lanka). Found in open habitats across India and surrounding countries.

'Pied Bushchat' (image by Damon Ramsey)'Pied Bushchat' (Florican Grasslands, Cambodia)

Saxicola caprata, 'Pied Bushchat'. A widespread bird with many sub-species, distributed from the Middle East, through India, South-east Asia and to New Guinea.

Family Nectariniidae: Sunbirds

(Tmatboey Lodge, Cambodia)

Cinnyris asiaticus, 'Purple Sunbird'.

(Bali Barat National Park, Indonesia)

Cinnyris jugularis, 'Olive backed/Yellow-bellied Sunbird'. Common in many habitats, including dry forest and urban areas. Found in northern Australia, New Guinea and south-east Asia. However, this species is probably made up of many different species across it's range.

Family Chloropseidae: Leafbirds

Chloropsis aurifrons, 'Golden-fronted Leafbird' (Kulen Prontemp, Cambodia). Widespread throughout tropical Asia.

Estrildidae: Estrildid Finches
Passeridae: Sparrows 
Family Motacillidae: Wagtails & Pipits

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