Monday, July 5, 2010

Silvery Birds of Fraser's Hill

Silver has long been valued as a precious metal, which is used to make ornaments, jewelry, currency coin and etc. Will the silvery plumage make the bird more valuable? definitely not, but silvery plumage on the bird can make them the elegant and unique birds. There are two species of birds in Fraser's Hill which have the silvery plumage, namely the Silver-eared Mesia (Leiothrix argentauris) and Silver-breasted Broadbill (Serilophus lunatus).

Silver-eared Mesia  is one of the common birds and also the icon bird of Fraser's Hill. It has silvery ear-coverts, yellow forehead, throat and breast, black head, greyish wing-coverts and scapulars, reddish wing-patch or tail coverts. They are social song birds that always follow the bird wave.

Front views (click on the picture for enlarged view)

side and top views

back and bottom view

Silver-breasted Broadbill  is one of the rare broadbills in Fraser's Hill, they are usually in pairs. This species of Broadbill has an elegant white necklace and silvery breast, black supercilium, black and blue wings, brownish rump, and black tail.

front view (male)

side views, female has less blue on wings and whitish necklace.

Silver-breasted Broadbill (female) consuming a small tarantula...

Hope you like these silvery birds of Fraser's Hill, do not miss them when you visit Fraser's Hill.

Click HERE to read my other blog postings about birding in Fraser's Hill.

Have a happy birding.

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