And the bush has friends to meet him, and their kindly voices greet him, In the murmur of the breezes and the river on its bars,
And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended, And at night the wonderous glory of the everlasting stars.

Banjo Paterson (1889)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Red-faced Liocichla

One of the birds I wanted to get video of was the Red-faced Liocichla, a beautiful small babbler-like Thailand bird. It's usually shy and a skulker, as it forages unobtrusively for berries, seeds and insects in the undergrowth.

A lot of the video I took was of a little reddish bird disappearing into the undergrowth, but this guy came out to feed on some rice. It's only a very short video, due to a naughty Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush that scared the Liocichla away and then didn't even eat any rice.

It's name sounds Mexican, but it is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

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