Common Iora – early breeding plumage

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Common Iora with insect.
Male Common Iora with insect.

“Wells 2007 states that there is ‘much individual variation’ for the Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia horizoptera) male. Breeding males tend to have a black cap, lores and neck.

Common Iora with insect.
Male Common Iora with insect.

“This male did not have the ‘classical’ breeding plumage but what was very evident, especially in the field, is a rich orange-yellow throat and upper breast (see first 3 images from top). This to me is one of the first signs of breeding plumage appearing. Wells says ‘breeders seem always to be brighter below, richer golden yellow especially on throat and breast.’ The female partner is in the last image.

Male Common Iora.
Male Common Iora.

“Two of the images also show the male with an insect prey and it used the feet to hold the prey to manipulate it.”

Female Common Iora.
Female Common Iora.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
4th February 2018

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Secondary growth near limestone hills

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