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A new one for patch list but what is it please?

My best guess is a Plain Prenia(or other Prenia) but the shots are taken with a kit lens and not great, they are cropped heavily and are also over exposed-the backof the bird was much browner than in shots. Size wise similar to Magpie Robin.

The beak of the bird is an interesting shape too(more like Shrike) while the supercilium is fairly faint, possibly a juvenile?

Appreciate ID if possible.

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Over the years, I have seen 53 different species in my garden in Phuket.

Unfortunately, over the years, due to building and the proliferation of pet cats, some previously common birds are not seen any more. Notably the Scarlet Flowerpecker.

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A new one for patch list but what is it please?

My best guess is a Plain Prenia(or other Prenia) but the shots are taken with a kit lens and not great, they are cropped heavily and are also over exposed-the backof the bird was much browner than in shots. Size wise similar to Magpie Robin.

The beak of the bird is an interesting shape too(more like Shrike) while the supercilium is fairly faint, possibly a juvenile?

Appreciate ID if possible.

It's not a Prinia; the bill is too heavy.

Have you seen White-browed Shrike-Babblers in your area? A lot of variation among young birds.

Otherwise, I'm still thinking!

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Just checked the images on google. Yes, young White-browed Shrike-Babbler.

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Just checked the images on google. Yes, young White-browed Shrike-Babbler.

Yes agree just had a look in Robson. The long tapering supercilium and beak do it for me.

Not seen around here before so a new one for patch list.

Many thanks for your help.

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thetefidon. White-browed Shrike-Babbler males are quite glamorous, and usually much in evidence; they like to feed along the larger branches of the trees; they also have a frequently-repeated four-note call, which you will soon get to know.

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thetefidon. White-browed Shrike-Babbler males are quite glamorous, and usually much in evidence; they like to feed along the larger branches of the trees; they also have a frequently-repeated four-note call, which you will soon get to know.

Yes a handsome bird compared to my pic!! Still if there are juveniles guess the male might be around. As I said a first for me here in Phetchabun. I see what you mean about the call Edited by thetefldon

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Any thoughts-Green or Common Iora?

Pretty bird sitting a few feet away from me in the big tree in my garden while I was having a cup of tea on the upstairs terrace.

Common, I am pretty sure. What province do you live in?

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Any thoughts-Green or Common Iora?

Pretty bird sitting a few feet away from me in the big tree in my garden while I was having a cup of tea on the upstairs terrace.

Common, I am pretty sure. What province do you live in?

Thanks for reply and ID. I live 12 km North of Phetchabun near Khoa Kho turn.

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As far as i know, there are no confirmed records of Green Iora other than in the south. (Does anyone have different info on that?) Usual guide books all have it for South only and Philip Round's "Birds of the Bangkok Area" which covers most of Central Thailand doesn't list Green as having been recorded there.

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A great late addition to the list this evening about 6 pm...White-breasted Waterhen. 3 new the past couple days ups the total to 42 for the yard.

Where are you? Water area? For me, I see them on a very regular basis for many years now making their way slowly along the banks of the khlong outside my window or when the khlong is fully blocked with vegetation they go back and forth across the leaves of the plants. Towards the end of last year I watched daily an adult and its 3 chicks doing their daily rounds on the khlong. Occasionally they fly in to my garden but they're very alert and sense me straight away if I go out. We used to have a little fish pond but we stopped stocking it as something kept eating the fish; think I know who was guilty.

About 5 days ago I noticed 2 adults. Three days I saw 1 adult 3 chicks of reasonable size. Today I saw 1 adult with just 1 chick. Lots of monitor lizards around which may account for the 2 chicks. Very busy birds, always searching the khlong banks. Enjoy watching them with my binoculars.

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Any thoughts-Green or Common Iora?

Pretty bird sitting a few feet away from me in the big tree in my garden while I was having a cup of tea on the upstairs terrace.

Common, I am pretty sure. What province do you live in?
Thanks for reply and ID. I live 12 km North of Phetchabun near Khoa Kho turn.
Great pic and it's apparent why the ID is no gimme. This bird seems to possess subtle qualities of both Common and Green...and even the sex of this bird gives pause. That said, I would have to agree with AJN as to Common based on range and the fact that male Common Ioras do not always sport a black crown. My humble opinion...non-breeding male.
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Does anyone know where my Black Drongos disappear too between end of March and September.

The birds that turn up in September are juveniles(speckled chest).

There are still a few "resident" birds here

but the majority have now departed.

Have you seen them[emoji57]

Location just North of Phetchabun.

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Does anyone know where my Black Drongos disappear too between end of March and September.

The birds that turn up in September are juveniles(speckled chest).

There are still a few "resident" birds here

but the majority have now departed.

Have you seen them[emoji57]

Location just North of Phetchabun.

I'm no expert on Black Drongos, but am familiar with breeding habits, territories and sighting frequencies of birds in the USA.

Assuming since the birds are year-round residents in your area that they are staking out breeding territories and spreading out. Fewer of them around and the females are not seen nearly as frequently as they are tending to nest/eggs/young while remaining inconspicuous.

Edited by Skeptic7

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