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Pygmy Wren-Babbler

Pygmy Wren-Babbler
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Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-03-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-04-19 1:18
Viewed: 2986
Points: 10
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Pygmy Cupwing (Pygmy Wren-Babbler)
(Pnoepyga pusilla)小鳞鹪鹛
Size: 9 cm
Location: Genting Highlands/Cameron Highlands (Pahang/Malaysia)

A tiny, almost tailless Babbler with two morphs.
Pale morph:
From crown to rump greyish olive-brown with dark scaling. Head side greyish olive-brown too, ear-coverts with pale shaft streaks. Chin and throat white with narrow scaling. Breast and belly white with scaly effect.
Dark morph:
Darker olive brown above. White below replaced with ochre
Can be confused with Scaly-breasted Wren-Babbler or Nepal Wren-Babbler where ranges overlap.

The characteristic three blind mice song of this bird (sometimes it'll sing just the first two notes).

Floor and understorey of broadleaf evergreen forest, mossy boulders, fallen logs, forest ravines, dense fern growth. Generally found between 200 and 3050m. Found in similar habitat like Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler but on lower altitudes. More often heard than seen.Resident species with some local altitudinal movements. Forages on the ground, sometimes up to 2m in trees, feeding on ants, other insects and spiders. Breeding season differs through range, March to September in northern parts, July to May in Java, November to December in Sumatra. The nest is a ball of moss or a built-in structure made of long strands of green moss, the inner part formed to a cup. It's placed in moss, orchids, ferns or creepers hanging down from large trees, close to the ground. Lays 2 - 6 eggs.

Found in SE-Asia. In the Himalayas from Nepal over Sikkim and Bhutan to NE India, including Hill States, Myanmar and to S China. Also in Indochina, S Vietnam, S Thailand and the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Java, Flores and West Timor.
Drongos (Dicruridae)

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What a cute little bird and really funny without tail!!
thanks for showing

Really what a cute bird.Great details and colour.
Nice composition.Thanks for sharing.


鳥很可愛 有另一種樸素的美

Nice image with good sharpness and color. TFS


  • Great 
  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-04-19 8:39]

Hi Ang,
Very good composition, nice kolours and details
Have a good weekend
Regards Jiri.


Lovely details with natural color...The composition is nice too...


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