The birds are unmistakable; predominantly black, roughly 25 centimeters in size, with a distinct red and orange head and a strong, long and sturdy black beak. I have seen bristleheads now 3 times in Brunei, always on side roads of Labi road. It's uncommon to rare and classified as near threatened.
With the advent of more accessible high-end digital photography there are now more photo's of this enigmatic species appearing in the public domain, but until the beginning of this century there were very, very few pictures if any at all.
Below are some of my captures of the last encounter (June 2nd 2012) I had on Labi road. I counted 3 bristleheads together with 4 black magpies feeding up in the canopy. Compared to the magpies, and previous encounters, the bristleheads were very quiet this time and only an occasional croak was uttered.
|Male Bornean Bristlehead (Pityriasis gymnocephala)|
|Looking for food.|
|Enjoying a praying mantis.|
|Bornean Black Magpie (Platysmurus aterrimus)|