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Malaysian Rail-babbler

Malaysian Rail-babbler
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Copyright: Emin Yogurtcuoglu (goldfinchtr) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 22 N: 502] (2603)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-03-02
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-04-07 10:52
Viewed: 1721
Points: 8
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In the list of top 100 hard bird to get in the world according to many! The Rail-babbler or Malaysian Rail-babbler (Eupetes macrocerus) is a strange, rail-like, brown and pied inhabitant of the floor of primary forest in the Malay Peninsula and Sumatra (the nominate subspecies macrocerus), as well as Borneo (ssp. borneensis), distantly related to African crow-like birds. Its population has greatly decreased because much of the lowland primary forest has been cut, and secondary forests usually have too dense a bottom vegetation or do not offer enough shade to be favourable for the species. However, it is locally still common in logged forest or on hill-forest on slopes, and probably not in immediate danger of extinction. The species is poorly known and rarely seen, in no small part due to its shyness.

It is a medium sized, fairly slender songbird, about 2830 cm.

It is a shy and secretive bird, which lives on the forest floor. It walks like a rail, jerking its head in the manner of a chicken, and it prefers to run rather than fly when disturbed.[5][6] It feeds mainly on insects, including cicadas, and beetles; spiders and worms. When feeding it will dash after prey items.

I found this one in Taman Negara, with its "oldest rainforest in the world" reputation, with a lucky moment of hearing its song. My friends were quiet tired and really didn't seem to convinced that song belongs to rail-babbler. I said i will go inside to forest to check it. After 50 meters inside the tick forest i saw something approached behind the bushes. You won't believe how i felt after got this shot...

and you must see the faces of my birding friends when i showed this photo to them :)

This was a moment to remember all my life...

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Hello Emin,
Interesting species.It seems it like to stay in dark places.Well captured.Beautiful colour and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-04-07 11:45]

Hello Emin,
Great luck on this special bird. I think a first one on TN. Very special this unique photo of this beautiful bird. The photo itself is not perfect, but a treasure for the bird lovers. Please put the photo on the site: The Internet Bird Collection. They are happy with this kind of photos.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-04-07 15:45]

Hi Emin,very good work in a very difficult location and light,very difficult to make better,the specie is very interesting and not often seen on TN,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,LUCIANO

A wonderful bird with these great colours. Seems to have been dificult to get the pic in this dense forest.

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