White-tailed Robin – an enigma

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“This White-tailed Robin (Myiomela leucura leucura) is one of my favourites but an enigma. Most times extremely shy but occasionally I get opportunities to watch at very close range.

“On this occasional my wife had walked in a different direction and the bird approached me at close range.

“The bird is often in the shade and shows much ‘variation’ in colour depending in what light you see it. Here seen up close in reasonable lighting (top, above), the bright azure blue of the forehead and scapular is seen clearly.

“Unlike when in the shade (above, below). The wings are a bit brown and the white in the tail not fully developed suggesting a subadult male.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
4th April 2014

Location: 1,600m ASL, Gunung Brinchang, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
Habitat: Trail through secondary forest bordering on primary forest

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