Malaysian Birds - Passerines


Passerines are song birds that perch on open branches and display their singing. These are also the birds recognized by their profile of slim bodies and fairly long tails, associated what we conceived as Passerines. Given meaning to that impression of ours, then how should a song bird would look like?

 Among the many birds grouped under the loosely coined name "passerine" is the group of Leiothrichidae. Before and now, it has always being the problem that most songbirds are so much look alike from one another. For example, when it comes to grouping or classifying them, Mesia for example, was once grouped together with Flycatcher. Now more appropriately slotted in together with the Laughingthrushes

Well, this group Leiothrichidae are colorful birds with a sweet repertoire of calls. They also have quite few other characteristics in common. First - they are all colorful, they have sweet songs, they are singing out loud and continously and they forage in small group of a few birds Better known within in this group would be the large birds, Laughingthrushes. As quite an obvious group of birds, I have taken out for a dedicated page. Leaving behind in this page would be a collection of medium to small size birds. Among them are the most sort after Cutia and Mesia


  1. Brown Fulvetta  
  2. Mountain Fulvetta




  3. Bare-headed Laughingthrush  
  4. Black Laughingthrush


  5. Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush


  6.Chestnut-hooded Laughingthrush  
  7. Malayan Laughingthrush


  8. Sunda Laughingthrush  
  9. White-crested Laughingthrush  


  10. Blue-winged Minla


  11.Chestnut-tailed Minla  


  12. Himalayan Cutia


  13. Long-tailed Sibia  
  12. Silver-eared Mesia  



When birding, the quietness of the forest cannot be overstressed to trace the calls of birds. This endless repetition of calls from the Laughingthrushes would be interruptive. But then, it is also these calls that motivates the formation of bird waves though not always.

The Laughingthrush could be swift to covers larger track of vegetation and at the rate and styles that the smaller birds may not follow. Overall I still would welcome their presence.



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