Birding Nabang, Yunnan (1) – 10,000 Birds

Apparently, traditionally there by no means was such a factor as a “Ius Primae Noctis” – one delusion concerning the Center Ages that may be safely discarded, although different disagreeable facets of that interval such because the very low degree of dental hygiene and the occasional peer stress to take part in a campaign are nonetheless legitimate. The closest the poor author of a weblog has to a “Ius Primae Noctis” is the correct to debate issues which might be completely irrelevant to the supposed matter of the weblog. Like for me, to speak concerning the music “Kiss your lips” by Allo Darlin’, and to cite a number of the lyrics, comparable to

“In a fairground in the course of Paris
You tried to show to me your manliness
By successful me a teddy bear”


“All the gorgeous those that we meet
Eat natural and purchase inexperienced electrical energy
All the gorgeous those that we meet
Are a lot extra profitable of their careers than me”

After all, you may simply skip this a part of the weblog and transfer to the half on Nabang birds. Nabang is a city in Yingjiang county, Yunnan province, China – it’s proper on the border with Myanmar (there truly is a border crossing roughly proper inside Nabang).

Let me begin by saying that I’m very glad that there have been no Japanese Tits at Nabang. So for as soon as, I don’t have to provide you with any semi-funny, pseudo-pornographic jokes.

As an alternative, I can simply current one other hen, the Higher Coucal.

Apparently, Higher Coucal physique elements are used as conventional medication by some rural Malays.

One other frequent manner for these birds to die is on roads – a examine in a forest district in Maharashtra, India discovered that the Higher Coucal was essentially the most dominant species discovered useless in street automobile collisions.

When academics should not educating, what do they do? In Bangladesh, apparently, they conduct research like this one titled “The vertebrate fauna of the Academics’ Quarters-2 of Saidpur Cantonment Public Faculty and Faculty, Nilphamari, Bangladesh”. And sure, they’ve Higher Coucals within the academics’ quarters.

There are no less than three totally different kingfishers at Nabang: The Frequent Kingfisher (a male – see the black decrease mandible [ornithologist speak for beak part] – this is able to be orange in a feminine – you may additionally see the marginally stern facial features of the hen, an expression of its want to specific its robust masculinity) …

Pied Kingfisher (a hovering male with the second, slimmer breastband that the females apparently consider as very horny) …

… and the White-throated Kingfisher (no thought which intercourse – I felt it was rude to ask. Although my experience concerning one other animal species – homo sapiens – leads me to consider that this show-offish pose signifies a male hen).

Black-throated Sunbirds principally dwell off nectar but additionally catch bugs and spiders to get ample protein, notably when feeding chicks.

In case you assume that the images proven listed here are inferior to those taken by Craig Brelsford and proven on his Shanghaibirding web site, I totally agree with you.

There are fairly just a few flycatcher species round right here – some colourful, some relatively boring.

The Brown-breasted Flycatcher is certainly within the first class. eBird calls it a “boring however relatively cute flycatcher”. Distinction this with the HBW assertion with its “we’re critical ornithologists” angle: “Medium-sized, large-headed, olive-brown forest flycatcher”. I do know who I might relatively have a beer with (although the HBW folks most likely want wine anyway, disgrace on them).

In case you hear a “sound like a department of a forest tree creaking within the wind”, perhaps you’ve gotten heard a Taiga Flycatcher – no less than when you belief the outline of its vocalization within the HBW. Perhaps they do drink fairly a little bit of wine no less than often.

The Sapphire Flycatcher ought to clearly have employed a greater photographer – this photograph makes the species look much less enticing than the subsequent one.

The Hill Blue Flycatcher might be essentially the most enticing among the many flycatchers right here, regardless that the HBW calls it “relatively unobtrusive”. I suppose they don’t imply the colours however relatively that it doesn’t play loud music subsequent to your bed room at evening.

The Latin species title whitei is in recognition of the Australian Samuel Albert White (1870 – 1954) who Wikipedia describes as a “racehorse proprietor, soldier, explorer, conservationist and novice ornithologist”. Perhaps it could have made extra sense to call a racehorse after him than a hen species.

The richest Cattle Egrets in Nabang personal greater than 50 animals every and guard them fastidiously.

Under is both a Bianchi’s Warbler or a Marten’s Warbler. Within the golden days of the previous, these two and 4 different species had been all simply mixed as Golden-spectacled Warbler.

Even eBird is just not so positive that that is progress, describing Bianchi’s Warbler as “certainly one of quite a lot of mind-numbingly comparable Seicercus warblers”. The Russian Ornithologist Valentin Lvovich Bianchi (1857-1920) is accountable each for the English title of the hen (his final title) and the Latin title valentini (his first title). It appears his center title Lvovich didn’t get used as a hen title although [I did not make this bit up, honest!].

Surprisingly, eBird is rather more optimistic about Marten’s Warbler regardless of admitting that it seems to be virtually the identical: “A brilliant and enticing small warbler with many nearly similar kin”. Whereas the Latin species title omeiensis sensibly refers to a location in China (Emei Shan), the English title Marten appears to confer with a Jochen Martens, a professor on the College of Mainz. It appears the cut up of the Golden-spectacled Warbler has given a number of up to date ornithologists comparable to him and Mr. Alstroem an opportunity to get their names into the checklists of birders. A bit embarrassing, I believe, although I’ve to confess I’ve not had an opportunity to refuse to have a hen species named after me but.

The swampy land round Nabang additionally appears to be good wintering floor for lapwings – particularly Gray-headed Lapwing

(for which a Japanese examine finds that Japanese “farmers ignore the existence of Gray-headed Lapwing“)

… and Pink-wattled Lapwing.

In case you have pals who’re Pink-wattled Lapwings, inform them to learn the examine “The hatching success of ground- and roof-nesting Pink-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus in Haridwar, India”, or simply advise them to place their nest on a roof if potential.

The Latin species title of the Orange-bellied Leafbird is hardwickii. Within the Wikipedia entry on English naturalist Thomas Hardwicke, there’s the marginally unusual sentence “Hardwicke was not married however had three illegitimate daughters and two sons other than two daughters born to an Indian mistress”. I often have a tendency to not be overly politically right, however nonetheless this separate counting of daughters “from an Indian mistress” strikes me as a bit bizarre. Like there’s a rating: Kids inside marriage > illegitimate kids > kids from an area mistress.

At a spot known as Banyan Tree close to Nabang, one can see two parrotbill species. The Pale-billed Parrotbill has a invoice with a colour just like the parrotbill proven additional beneath however a really distinctive black eyebrow. So naturally, they didn’t title it for that.

The species has pals in excessive locations – eBird calls it an “lovable small parrotbill”

eBird additionally distinguishes it from the Rufous Headed Parrotbill: ” evaluate with bigger Rufous-headed Parrotbill, which doesn’t have a forehead mark”.

Extra on the Rufous-headed Parrotbill from eBird: “Very comparable in look to the smaller Pale-billed Parrotbill; search for the latter’s brief black eyebrow. Confusingly, each species are sometimes discovered alongside each other in blended flocks, usually with White-hooded Babblers.”

That is after all the proper hyperlink to the White-hooded Babbler, which I certainly noticed in a flock with the 2 parrotbills. Not a really photographer-friendly hen although.

The hen’s title is a bit unusual – HBW talks about its white head however a number of the birds I noticed had rufous relatively than white heads. Rebellious juveniles?

The Latin species title rufulus (“reddish”) type of provides to the confusion.

The HBW entry additionally talks intriguingly about “transient, edgy, subdued, conversational twangy ‘gyurt!’ notes”. Would love to listen to these. Good string of adjectives anyway.

I do not likely know whether or not these are Pale Martins or Sand Martins.

Whereas I can learn the HBW on this matter ([Pale Martin] “distinguished from comparable [Sand Martin] by paler and greyer upperparts, relatively dingier underparts with much less well-defined breastband”), I lack the birding IQ to use this to my images.

Fortuitously, Barn Swallows look sufficiently totally different even for me.

For a hen particularly known as white, the White Wagtail has fairly a little bit of black in its plumage. Curiously, in Tim Birkhead’s e-book “Birds and us” he mentions that in medieval instances, folks averted consuming wagtails as their shaking tails reminded them of (and thus might need thought them to trigger) Parkinson’s illness. That is type of an inversion of the “Doctrine of Signatures” of vintage medication, which states that vegetation just like particular physique elements are appropriate to deal with illnesses of those physique elements.

The HBW considerably unfairly calls the Yellow-bellied Warbler an “virtually featureless yellow-and-olive warbler” – I believe the particular person scripting this sentence has not spent a lot time with a number of the completely featureless leaf warblers in China. eBird is marginally much less adverse, calling the species “not particularly eye-catching”.

In distinction, for the Gray-headed Canary Flycatcher, eBird makes use of the catch-all time period “unmistakable”, although it doesn’t truly look that totally different to me.

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