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Sunday, 22 July 2012

Treron Pigeons at Badas

One of the areas close to our house that I like to go to is the Badas road. The easy access to the (degraded) peat swamp makes this an unique area, and there are some bird species found here that I rarely see elsewhere. I suspect the hook-billed bulbul to be present, but have yet to see one.

I am sharing a couple of pigeon species that I regularly encounter here. Both species usually travel around in small flocks of up to 10 birds. The first species is a common resident of Borneo; the little green pigeon (Treron olax). Together with the pink-necked green pigeon (Treron vernans) this is the commonest of the green pigeons in Brunei.

This species is very common around Badas and with a bit of luck and persistence a good subject for colorful pictures.

Male little green pigeon (Treron olax
Female and male,
bit closer together please and...

Though less common, Badas is also one of the better areas to find the second species I will show here: the cinnamon-headed green pigeon (Treron fulvicollis). According to web-searches this species is getting increasingly rare and is currently listed as near threatened by IUCN. The cinnamon-headed is far more skittish than the little green pigeon (and the feral pigeons in Amsterdam!). It is a  pretty bird, with diagnostic yellow socks on both male and female birds. Only the male has the striking cinnamon colored head.

Male cinnamon-headed green pigeon (Treron fulvicollis)
Female cinnamon-headed green pigeon,
enjoying the late afternoon sun.
Another male pigeon,
in same tree as the female.
Unfortunately also at Badas bird catching is on the rise. The target species for the bird catchers are usually parrots and shama's. The trapping is mostly done with cages, but nets are also commonly used. This last method is far more damaging and causes a cruel end for many birds. One of the issues is that most bird catchers really don't see what is wrong with their hobby and a lot of the bird catching is just happening out in the open.

A juvenile asian glossy starling in a net,
distressed and nearly dead.
Both through the PNHS and the BNS we have been feeding back our concerns to the authorities. I hope we'll see some more control soon!

Folkert, 23/07/2012

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