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Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus)

There were still many articles out there linking Javan Myna with White-vented myna. Most of the new version of field guides have actually differentiated the two birds. One of the ways to determine the differences between the 2 morphs is to look at its crest. Javan Myna has a shorter crest while the latter has more fluffy and longer crest. Then one might also want to compare Javan Myna with Crested Myna. Crested Myna has a shorter crest quite similar as a Javan but Crested Myna has a slaty-black undertail-coverts and a bill which is a pale whitish yellow almost to ivory color as compared to yellow bill and a clean white vent of a Javan . One could also mistakenly id Javan Myna as a Jungle myna.  From field observations, one of the easiest way to diffentiate the two birds is to look at its bills - a jungle myna has an orange bill with bluish base while a Javan myna and White-vented myna have yellow bills. 

However recently (2012) i met with a seasoned birder named Yang Chong and some …

Tiger Shrike

Tiger Shrike or some called it Thick-billed Shrike (lanius tigrinus) is a small passerine bird which feeds on small insects and animals. It belongs to the genus Lanius in the Shrike family. Over in Peninsular Malaysia it is considered a migrant and winter visitor which can be found in abundance from end of August to end of May. Reportedly common in open country and most of the time seen near forest edges. This one is probably a juvenile in first winter plumage. Some local birders named it as "machine gun bird" due to its chattering sound in alarm which sounds like a GPMG.
                                           Another shot of the "Machine Gun" bird.

Stripe-Throated Bulbul

Stripe-throated bulbuls like its close relatives i.e the Yellow-Vented Bulbuls are initially birds of coastal and mangrove which have made its way to lowland and edge of the forest (Allen, J. & Strange, M., 1993). It has been reported that now its more common at submontane elevations as it frequents at roadside scrub and secondary growth up to 1,300m. Can be found in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Mynmar, Thailand and Malaysia. IUCN List: "Least Concern"

This was captured at Serendah Waterfall area This fellow is taken at Tmn Rimba Ampang