Sunday, January 12, 2014

Very tiny birds of the lowland dipterocarp rainforest

Preserved original lowland dipterocarp forest at the park (Botanic Island Two area, seen  in the backgroun) with planted oil palm trees at the foreground at the Kambatik Park, Bintulu.

 As part of the agro-forestry practices of the Kambatik Park in Bintulu, oil palm trees and many other fruit trees as well as landscaping ornamental trees are mixed in a new landscape to encourage maximum ecological diversity.  The idea is to preserve and enhance our rainforest ecology from 0-50 meters above sea level which is represented by the original forest at the park.  The idea of developing the nature park is to conserve the birds habitat and other wildlife.  Many very tiny birds (7-10 cm) will come out of the forest and forage the forest edges and cultivated plantation and gardens to look for insects, nectar etc. The park provides shelter, food, water,and nesting sites for these birds. Over a space of about a year and a half, I have noticed many tiny birds that come perching on tall twigs and branches of tall trees and many open grassland spaces.  Here's a gallery of pictures of the many very tiny birds can can be observed at the park.  For more birdwatch albums, please follow this link ..>>>
Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera longirostra)

Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) - male

Orange-bellied Flowerpecker (Dicaeum trigonostigma) - male

Orange-bellied Flowerpecker (Dicaeum trigonostigma) - female

Red-headed Tailorbird (Orthotomus ruficeps)

Chestnut Munia (Lonchura malacca)

Red-headed Tailorbird (Orthotomus ruficeps)
Eastern Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja)
Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis)

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