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Re: Birds of Thailand

Post by Nereus » Sun Sep 25, 2016 1:35 pm

Hard to tell from the photo, but strickly speaking they may be "Terns". Gulls do not normal go far from shore, and they paddle around like ducks, rather than dive into the water. They also have pointy wing tips, amongst other differences.
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Post by PeteC » Sun Dec 18, 2016 1:26 pm

There are sea gulls here, at least in the cooler months. Pete :cheers:

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Post by hhinner » Sun Dec 18, 2016 4:19 pm

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hhinner wrote:I think this is a tailorbird. Does anyone know for sure? And if so,what kind? If not then what? I thought Prinia at first, but tailorbird seemed closer.
Yes, definitely a Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius).

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Post by hhfarang » Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:55 am

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Re: Birds of Thailand

Post by RCer » Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:16 am

We have birds on the wires outside our home that amongst their tsil feathers have one that looks like a stick. What is this bird?

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Re: Birds of Thailand

Post by PeteC » Thu Dec 29, 2016 8:05 am

Just spotted two of the below at my place in Rayong this morning. Apparently Racket Tailed Drongo species. Have never seen them here before and don't know if their arrival is climate related due to the cool weather, habitat lost/gained here as a lot of jungle around.....or just they've always been here and I haven't seen them. Pete :cheers:
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Post by aragon » Thu Dec 29, 2016 8:38 am

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Re: Birds of Thailand

Post by hhinner » Tue May 30, 2017 5:03 pm

Saw this bird up on the electricity wires yesterday morning. Does anyone know what it is? I thought it was a bulbul of some sort, it's the right size, but I couldn't find any bulbul with a banded tail. It's call was a long rising wheeeet. Just spent about 3 hours trying to find it on the intenet.
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Post by Vital Spark » Wed May 31, 2017 1:25 am

I'm no expert, but having a look in my birdy book it looks like a Hodgson's Cuckoo (goodness knows who Mr. Hodgson was ;)). Their call rises in volume and pitch, which sort of matches your description, and they certainly have white bands on their tails. Looks like it could be a juvenile.

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Post by migrant » Wed May 31, 2017 5:13 am

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I'm no expert, but having a look in my birdy book it looks like a Hodgson's Cuckoo (goodness knows who Mr. Hodgson was ;)).
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Re: Birds of Thailand

Post by hhinner » Wed May 31, 2017 6:12 pm

@VS - Thanks a lot. While I'm not quite sure that it's a Hodgson's Hawk Cuckoo, I think you've definitely put me on the right track, in that it's a Hawk Cuckoo of some kind. It might even be an immature Hodgson's, as you say, which hasn't yet developed the yellow round the eyes and other adult colouring, and which might also explain why it's only the size of a bulbul.

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Re: Birds of Thailand

Post by hhinner » Wed May 31, 2017 6:54 pm

^^ It's almost certainly a Plaintive Cuckoo, I think. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plaintive_cuckoo. Thanks for putting me on the right track VS.

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Re: Birds of Thailand

Post by hhinner » Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:23 pm

Scaly-Breasted Munia, I think (wikipedia), in nesting mode. This taken 2 weeks ago, so eggs should be hatching about now.
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Re: Birds of Thailand

Post by Vital Spark » Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:23 pm

What a lovely photo of a sweet looking bird. I've never seen one of those in Thailand.

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Re: Birds of Thailand

Post by hhinner » Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:01 pm

Thank you VS. I'd never seen one either. My wife said she thought it was a strangely coloured sparrow when she saw it (or its mate) among a flock of sparrows feeding in the garden.

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