Oriental Bird Images

Fluffy-backed Babbler Macronus ptilosus ptilosus   - Pair
Fluffy-backed Babbler
Photographer : © Amar-Singh HSS
Location :broken primary forest with secondary growth, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Date : 15 October 2020
English synonyms:Fluffy-backed Tit Babbler, Fluffy-backed Tit-Babbler, Plume-backed Tit-Babbler
Bird Family :Timaliidae - Babblers, Babaxes, Mesia, Leiothrix, Cutias, Barwings, Minlas, Fulvettas, Crociases, Sibias, Yuhinas, Myzornis, Parrotbills & Rhabdornises
Red Data Status :Near Threatened
Remarks :I came across a pair of Fluffy-backed Tit Babblers calling in the early morning. Sexing in the field is not possible, although the female is said to be smaller size (Wells 2007). However, it is well recognised that, when calling, one bird will lead with the pong, pong calls and the partner will make a responsive snore. The pong is given with the head up and beak opened wide, while the snore is given with the head tilted down, neck feathers raised and beak opened very slightly. If the one leading the calls (making pong calls) is the male, then in these two images the female is anterior and the male posterior. The size variation between the two is hard to appreciate. - Amar
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