Malaysian Birds - Flycatcher-Shrikes



All these bird sare now grouped under as Vangidae. The 4 birds in the 2 groups are not easy to meet up with while the Woodshrke i the migratory season is quite a common bird. Both species, Flycatchershrikes and Philentomas are quite well known.

Long ago they were placed in the same category with the Flycatchers. They are now grouped together with the Woodshrikes. The bird ha she habits of the Flycatchers and slightly larger, The Rufous-winged though fairly common, because of it small population is hardly met up with. Whereas the Maroon-breasted is virtually left unseen by most people.

Both species with pictures taken by me came from the same spot in different years. That is, in the lowland forest edge of Rengit. The Rufous-winged was spotted several other time in other forest edges, also a lowland pristine forest conditions.



  1. Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike  
  2. Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike


  3. Maroon-breasted Philentoma


  4.Rufous-winged Philentoma  
  5. Large Woodshrike




These are birds of the deep forest. Sometimes could also be considered forest edge when one in walking through a track inside the deep forest. But which vegetation or what type of specific habitats attracts these birds?

 Must the species of trees attracting certain type of insects which pulls the birds to their food source. Both species of Philentomas, with little contacts, I experienced seeing them in exactly the same location at different times.

Though a rare bird to meet up with and keeping themselves in very remote places, but on the chance encounter, the birds do not display any fears upon the presence of human within their surroundings. The birds continued with their routine before moving further away.

The habits of the Maroon-breasted is virtually unknown as there was not enough encounters to record patterns. There is a possibilities that this species prefers the canopy level which explain the reason why this bird was not seen that often. However the presence of both species of birds in the area was alerted by their calls,


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