Friday, October 10, 2014

The Chestnut-breasted Malkoha

Partial view of Botanic Island Two.  Inside the island are tall trees, jungle climbers and climbing palms (rattan)

 I went to Botanic Island Two this morning.  Inside this vegetation island are many original trees of the park.  Amidst the tall trees, lianas, and climbing palms i.e. rattans are to be found many types of wildlife.  It is in this safe sanctuary that I encountered today the Chestnut-breasted Malkoha ( Phaenicophaeus curvirostris).  Judging from its orange-red iris it is the female of the species.  This malkoha species is the largest of the malkohas in Borneo or Sarawak for that matter.  They are occasional  visitors to the park.  Their visit to the park is proof of the conservation quality of the botanic islands and integration of the oil palm cultivation with  native agro-forestry practice here.  Their visit always brighten my heart....
Chestnut-breasted Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus curvirostris), female of the species.
Location : Botanic Island Two

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