Mugimaki Flychather (Ficedula mugimaki) – 13.5cm

The mugimaki flycatcher (Ficedula mugimaki) is a small passerine bird of eastern Asia belonging to the genus Ficedula in the Old World flycatcher family, Muscicapidae. The name “mugimaki” comes from Japanese and means “wheat-sower”. The bird is also known as the robin flycatcher. In November 2016 this species has been record for the first time by our team at Botanical Garden Labuan.


Pin-tailed snipe (25–27 cm) Gallinago stenura

The pin-tailed snipe or pintail snipe (Gallinago stenura) is a species of bird in the family Scolopacidae, the sandpipers. It breeds in northern Russia and migrates to spend the non-breeding season in southern Asia from Pakistan to Indonesia. It is the most common migrant snipe in southern IndiaSri Lanka and much of Southeast Asia. It is a vagrant to north-western and northern Australia, and to Kenya in East Africa.  These birds forage in mud or soft soil, probing or picking up food by sight. They mainly eat insects and earthworms, but also some plant material.

Sanderling (Calidris alba) 18–20 cm

The sanderling (Calidris alba) is a small wading bird. It is a circumpolar Arctic breeder, and is a long-distance migrant, wintering south to South America, South EuropeAfrica, and Australia. It is highly gregarious in winter, sometimes forming large flocks on coastal mudflats or sandy beaches. This bird is similar in size to a dunlin, but stouter, with a thick bill. The best spot to see this aves is at the Sg. Lada Shoal or Nagalang shore

***Sanderling breeding range. Black border marks southern limit.

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus)

The red-necked phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) is a small wader. This phalarope breeds in the Arctic regions of North America and Eurasia. It is migratory, and, unusually for a wader, winters at sea on tropical oceans. The red-necked phalarope was one of the many bird species originally described by Linnaeus in the landmark 1758 10th edition of his Systema Naturae, where it was given the binomial name of Tringa lobata. It has also been known as the northern phalarope. The red-necked phalarope is about 18 cm (7.1 in) in length, with lobed toes and a straight, fine bill. In Labuan Island the best area to see this aves is at the Nagalang shore or the Sg. lada Wetland.Waterbirds Labuan Feb-5.tif(1)

Great Egret (Ardea alba) – 80 to 104 cm

Great Egret Ardea alba     A large, widely distributed egret, with four subspecies found in Asia. Distributed across most of the tropicaland warmer temperate regions of the world. To Labuan Island it is a common non-breeding visitor every year. The Old World population is often referred to as the great white egret”. This species is sometimes confused with the great white heron of the Caribbean, which is a white morph of the closely related great blue heron. The great egret is a large heron with all-white plumage. The great egret can be distinguished from other white egrets by its yellow bill and black legs and feet, though the bill may become darker and the lower legs lighter in the breeding season. In breeding plumage, delicate ornamental feathers are borne on the back. Males and females are identical in appearance; juveniles look like non-breeding adults. Differentiated from the intermediate egret (Mesophoyx intermedius) by the gape, which extends well beyond the back of the eye in case of the great egret, but ends just behind the eye in case of the intermediate egret. – based on a Wikipedia article. Avifauna North Borneo (Noralip B.H), Labuan-15.tif

Striated Heron (Butorides striata) – 48cm

    Also known as Mangrove heron or Little heron [Davidson],  is a small heron. Striated herons are mostly non-migratory and noted for some interesting behavioral traits. This Aves may be spotted easily along the Bebuloh Laut village area and some other time around the coast of the new Labuan Central market shore area._MG_0230.CR2

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) – 100 cm

    A long-legged predatorywading bird of the heron family, Ardeidae, native throughout temperate Europe and Asia and also parts of Africa. In Labuan Island t, this aves is quite hard to find due to their natural habitat loss because of the fast development of this tiny island by Local authority. A bird of wetland areas, it can be seen around lakes, rivers, ponds, marshes and on the sea coast. Herons are members of the family Ardeidae, and the majority of extantspecies are in the subfamily Ardeinae and known as true or typical herons. This subfamily includes the herons and egrets, the green herons, the pond herons, the night herons and a few other species. The grey heron belongs in this subfamily and is placed in the genus Ardea, which also includes the cattle egret and the great egret. – based on a Wikipedia article.

Brahminy kite (Haliastur indus) – 51cm

They are found mainly on the coast and in inland wetlands where they feed on dead fish and other prey. Adults have a reddish-brown plumage and a contrasting white head and breast which makes them easy to distinguish from other birds of prey. A common resident to Labuan Island. The brahminy kite is about the same size as the black kite (Milvus migrans) and has a typical kite flight, with wings angled, but its tail is rounded unlike the Milvus species, red kite, and black kite, which have forked tails. The breeding season in South Asia is from December to April._MG_0897.tif_MG_3611.tif

Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) – 19cm

    A bird in the shrike family that is found mainly in Asia. Like most other shrikes, it has a distinctive black “bandit-mask” through the eye and is found mainly in open scrub habitats, where it perches on the tops of thorny bushes in search of prey. Several populations of this widespread species form distinctive subspecies which breed in temperate Asia and migrate to their winter quarters in tropical Asia include Labuan Island at the westcoast of North Borneo. They are sometimes found as vagrants in Europe and North America.Brown Shrike