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Some widespread birds of Shennongjia, China – 10,000 Birds


    The photographs on this submit have been taken in 2015 and 2016 – I used to be not solely an amazingly engaging, nearly younger individual then, but additionally a surprisingly dangerous photographer. I additionally solely managed to see reasonably widespread fowl species at Shennongjia, a nature reserve in Hubei province, China.

    If this doesn’t put you off from studying this submit, you’re hopeless anyway, so simply proceed …

    The Brown-breasted Bulbul would possibly properly be the commonest fowl at Shennongjia, so it appears acceptable to begin with it.


    This picture of a Buff-throated Warbler (I hope it’s, anyway – Bella from Alpinebirding will in all probability appropriate me in a remark if I’m flawed) is exceptional for each the variety of bugs within the fowl’s invoice and my superb incapability to make the most of noise discount to smoothen the background.

    Luckily, some birds like this reasonably great Chinese language Babax household with chicks let me get shut sufficient – and in first rate sufficient mild – that smoothening the background was not a lot of a problem.




    Should you see a Collared Finchbill earlier than it has washed its face and brushed its tooth within the morning, it seems like this.

    “You could possibly have waited to take the picture till I’ve taken my tub, couldn’t you?”




    (sure, I do know, too many photographs of this one, however I like its colours)


    “Please take me with some crimson objects – it highlights my good inexperienced colour”.

    “Pure reddish tones could be even nicer”.

    My lawyer informed me simply to name this a Cuckoo species so there will probably be no lawsuits from irate birders with higher fowl id expertise than mine.

    Should you suppose this Daurian Redstart seems dangerous, keep in mind how unattractive you checked out sure instances whenever you have been an adolescent.

    At any time when the wagtails have a household gathering in any individual’s house, you may often discover the Forrest Wagtail within the kitchen as that is closest to their pure forest habitat – not out within the open in the lounge.

    Up to now, Nice Noticed Woodpeckers principally lived off renting out their previous flats to different species. In lots of Western markets, that is not a dependable revenue stream because the market has been flooded with birdhouses put up by well-meaning people not realizing that this fully destroys the property market. Luckily for the Nice Noticed Woodpecker dwelling in Shennongjia, this has not occurred right here but.


    The picture beneath reveals the zygodactyl toe association (two toes to the entrance, two to the again) helpful for climbing bushes …


    … whereas this one reveals how the stiff tail feathers are used as a prop in opposition to the trunk.

    Feeding on moths, as this Inexperienced-backed Tit does, isn’t notably environmentally pleasant as a big share of the moth – notably the wings – is inedible and thus is simply being discarded on the spot.

    Gray-capped Greenfinches apparently are a bit just like the American inhabitants (see, e.g., “The rise in optimistic assortative mating“) and Hollywood stars specifically, in that high-quality people favor to mate with one another, reasonably than with nobodies. That is described by two Chinese language scientists who might do with any individual to assist them appropriate their English-language papers.

    The discovering itself isn’t very stunning although – it will be type of bizarre if socially monogamous birds of each sexes have been to not attempt to discover the highest-quality companion.

    Sure, it seems type of plain. However does it need to be named Plain Flowerpecker? A little bit of kindness in naming birds might go a good distance.

    A male Plumbeous Water Redstart is on this bizarre transition part the place there are already the primary stubbles of facial hair showing however shopping for a razor remains to be a waste of cash.

    A Purple-billed Blue Magpie pretending to be a moist canine.

    Should you ever questioned why anybody would go to the flicks and watch a Jean-Claude Van Damme film, the lyrics of “Inferno” by the Felice Brothers present a solution (“Battle Membership was bought out. We went to see Inferno as an alternative.”) I began this paragraph with out having any concept how you can hyperlink this tune to the Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush. I nonetheless don’t know. Concepts welcome.

    I frantically searched the web for a (presumably British) naturalist/ornithologist with the surname Russet (Lord Elgar Russet?) earlier than discovering that russet means “reddish-brown in colour”. Takes a number of the thriller out of the Russet Sparrow, I’m afraid.





    The Verditer Flycatcher has discovered an attention-grabbing method to keep away from being parasitized by cuckoos.  It feeds newly hatched chicks completely with beetles and grasshoppers. These are poor high quality and hard-to-digest weight-reduction plan gadgets which can be not often fed to chicks by common cuckoo hosts (supply). Form of like kicking the bum roommate or companion out by solely getting ready actually dangerous meals.

    As a consequence, although the Verditer Flycatcher doesn’t discriminate in opposition to overseas eggs, no cuckoo species has discovered a viable method to flip it right into a helpful stepparent.



    “Hey, it’s such a phenomenal sunny day! Why don’t all of us go to our native pool and have a shower!” (Vinous-throated Parrotbills)

    (there in all probability is one fowl about one meter away from the little pool, simply making an attempt to avoid the gang a bit. I determine with that particular person)

    Coming again to brood parasitism: The White-browed Laughingthrush is almost definitely an authentic host of the Giant Hawk-Cuckoo. Nonetheless, with time it has gotten higher at rejecting eggs that don’t mimic its personal eggs properly. The authors of this paper suppose that this may increasingly have led to the Giant Hawk-Cuckoo partially switching to a different host species, the Chinese language Babax (see photographs above), as this species isn’t nearly as good at rejecting non-matching eggs but (supply).



    Lastly, some extra studying materials as a reward to those that have gotten this far:

    “The Bear Who Let It Alone” by James Thurber.