Re: Identification Problems with Malaysian Species

To: Gil Langfield <>
Subject: Re: Identification Problems with Malaysian Species
From: Ronald Orenstein <>
Date: Mon, 07 Dec 1998 20:01:52 -0500
>Probable Pied Fantail, Rhipidura javanica.  The bird was seen about 20
>metres from the coast doing the usual fantail flight around some palms in
>the grounds of the Holiday Inn.  It seemed to be mostly black/dark grey
>with white tips to the outer tail feathers , white spots on the upper
>throat extending to the sides of the throat and no other distinguishing
>marks.  From the only guide had with me (Lekagul and Round) I decided it
>was a White-throated Fantail (R. albicollis) but both this species and the
>Spotted Fantail (R. perlata) should not be found on the coast.

Probably perlata, which is listed in Mackinnon's guide as common on Borneo
up to 1200 m in lowland and hill primary and secondary forest.  Javanica
has a distinct breast band and an unspotted throat.
>The Gap, Fraser's Hill, West Malaysia, 29 November
>Probable Black Bulbul, Hypsipetes madagascariensis.  It was mostly black,
>had the orange bill but had a pronounced white eyebrow.  I have consulted
>King and Smythies which show subspecies with fully white heads but not this

This species apparently does not occur in the peninsula.
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