Oriental Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis) – 30 cm

   Is a bird of the roller family, so named because of the distinctive blue coin-shaped spots on its wings. The oriental dollarbird was originally described in the genus Coracias. In Labuan Island this aves can be spotted around bare tree trunk. The best place tosee this aves is at the SMK Rancha-Rancha wetland.



Dark-sided Flycatcher (Muscicapa sibirica) – 14cm

    A small passerine birdbelonging to the genus Muscicapa in the Old World flycatcher family Muscicapidae. It has a wide distribution in Asia with northern birds migrating south for the winter. The upperparts are plain and dark grey-brown apart from a pale wingbar and pale edging to the tertial feathers. The breast and flanks have a variable amount of streaky dark grey-brown. This is unlike the similar Asian brown flycatcher which has rather plain pale underparts and the grey-streaked flycatcher which is white below with distinct grey streaks. The subspecies M. s. sibirica breeds in south-east Siberia westward to beyond Lake Baikal as well as in Mongolia, north-east China, North Korea and Japan (Hokkaidō and northern Honshū). M. s. rothschildi breeds in western China and Myanmar. M. s. gulmergi occurs from Afghanistan to Kashmir with M. s. cacabata from the eastern Himalayas to south-east Tibet and perhaps Myanmar.The wintering range includes north-east India, Bangladesh, southern China, Taiwan and South-east Asia as far as Sumatra, Java, Borneo and the Philippines (Palawan and Culion) and to the westcoast of North Borneo including Labuan Island. Vagrant birds have been recorded in Alaska, Iceland and Bermuda. It inhabits coniferous and mixed forest and woodland and is sometimes seen in plantations, parks and gardens. It typically occurs in mountainous regions, reaching 4000 metres above sea-level in some areas. Like other flycatchers, its feeding technique is to perch on an exposed branch and wait. When an insect flies past, the bird dashes out to snatch it. – based on a Wikipedia article. -8509.tif

The Flycatcher family

    The Asian brown flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica) is a small passerine bird in the flycatcher family Muscicapidae.  It is migratory and winters in tropical southern Asia from southern India and Sri Lanka east to Borneo and Labuan Island. This species is 13 cm (5.1 in) long, including the cocked tail. It is similar in shape to the larger spotted flycatcher, but is relatively longer-tailed. The dark bill is relatively large and broad-based. The adult has grey-brown upperparts, which become greyer as the plumage ages, and whitish underparts with brown-tinged flanks. Young birds have scaly brown upperparts, head and breast. The Asian brown flycatcher is an extremely rare vagrant to Western Europe. Records have come from Britain, Denmark, and Sweden, and in addition, there are unproven claims from Ireland, Faeroe, and Norway.

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Leaf warbler

    The Arctic warbler (Phylloscopus borealis) – 13cm is a widespread leaf warbler in birchor mixed birch forest near water throughout its breeding range in Fennoscandiaand northern Asia. It has established a foothold in North America, breeding in Alaska. This warbler is strongly migratory; the entire population winters in southeast Asia. It therefore has one of the longest migrations of any Old World insectivorous bird.

It traditionally included populations that breed in Kamchatka, the Kuril Islandsand Japan, but genetic and vocal evidence strongly suggested these should be treated as separate species, and are all now considered distinct with the Kamchatka leaf warbler in Kamchatka, Hokkaido and the Kuril Islands, and the Japanese leaf warbler in Japan (except Hokkaido).

The nest is on the ground in a low shrub. Like most Old World warblers, this small passerine is insectivorous. In Labuan Island this leaf warbler may be spotted during their wintering migration season around September till April the next year.

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Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus) – 46–56 cm

A species of heron (family Ardeidae) found in the tropics, subtropics and warm temperate zones. Most taxonomic authorites lump this species and the western cattle egrettogether as subspecies of the cattle egret. It is a white bird adorned with buff plumes in the breeding season. It nests in colonies, usually near bodies of water and often with other wading birds. The nest is a platform of sticks in trees or shrubs. In Labuan Island during their wintering season in the North, you may spot this aves in Large flock around Bukit Kallam area.Cattle Egret

Pacific Reef Heron (Egretta sacra) – 62cm

    Also known as the Eastern Reef Heron , is a kind of heron. They are found in many areas of South East Asia including the Labuan Island off westcoast of North Borneo. The species displays an unusual, non-sexual dimorphism, with some members having entirely white plumage and others (the larger portion) being charcoal-grey. The reason for the colour variation or “morph“, is unknown, though it is most commonly thought to be related to camouflage.

Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia) – 56–72 cm

    It is a resident breeder from east Africa across the Indian subcontinent to Southeast Asia and Australia. To westcoast of North Borneo it is a winter visitor which means non-breeding and differences in plumages. W

ith all-white plumage, generally dark legs and a thickish yellow bill. Breeding birds may have a reddish or black bill, greenish yellow gape skin, loose filamentous plumes on their breast and back, and dull yellow or pink on their upper legs (regional variations). The sexes are similar.

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) – 55–65 cm

    A species of small heron in the familyArdeidae. It is a white bird with a slender black beak, long black legs and, in the western race, yellow feet. As an aquatic bird, it feeds in shallow water and on land, consuming a variety of small creatures. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has assessed the bird’s global conservation status as being of “least concern“.

Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus) – 15 cm

     Is a small passerine bird in the pipit and wagtail family. It is a resident (non-migratory) breeder in open scrub, grassland and cultivation in Labuan Island, the best place to see this aves. Although among the few breeding pipits in the Asian region, identification becomes difficult in winter when several other species migrate into the region. The taxonomy of the species is complex and has undergone considerable changes.  -2909.tif

Oriental Magpie-Robin (Copsychus saularis) – 19cm

    The oriental magpie-robin (Copsychus saularis) is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family Turdidae, but now considered an Old World flycatcher. They are distinctive black and white birds with a long tail that is held upright as they forage on the ground or perch conspicuously. They are particularly well known for their songsand were once popular as cagebirds. This widespread species magpie-robin is a resident breeder in Labuan Island. Magpie robins breed mainly from  January to June in south-east Asia._-16.tif-8064.tif