Greater Painted-snipe – male, crepuscular behaviour

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“I am always amazed at the birds that turn up in the city; perhaps a sign of the shrinking natural environment.

“Have spotted Greater Painted-snipe (Rostratula benghalensis benghalensis) near our home before and saw another male just 300-400 yards from our house in an overgrown drain.

“They are crepuscular (active at dawn and dusk) and I saw this bird at 8.20am. It was already settling down to sleep. It became alert due to my presence but then slowly slipped back into sleep

“I returned later at 9.50am and it was in the same location. A rather open location to sleep – at the ‘bank’ of the muddy overgrown drain.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
1st February 2015

Location: Canning Garden Home, Ipoh City, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Urban environment

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