Saturday, 13 August 2016

Large Woodshrike (Tephrodornis gularis)

Latin Etymology: Tephrodornis ("grey orashy bird") gularis ("throat")
Adult Large Woodshrike (subspecies T. v. fretensis) at Genting Highlands - July 2016

Featured Subspecies: Tephrodornis gularis fretensis
Weight: 28-46g  /  Length: 23cm  /  Wingspan: ?
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

Despite the name "woodshrike" and the obvious similarities to the classical shrikes, the family is actually not particularly closely related.  There are only four members of this family and they are found only in Southern Asia.  This particular bird was an unexpected find - a large flock of small birds in a tree-top that later turned out to be comprised primarily of Everett's White-eye was too near to the sun to look at through the binoculars so I resolved to take some photos of it and sort through later, and this bird revealed itself in those pictures.

Related Species:
ORDER: Passeriformes
FAMILY: Tephrodornithidae
GENUS: Tephrodornis
SUBSPECIES: T. v. pelvicus, T. v. jugans, T. v. verneyi, T. v. annectens, T. v. fretensis, T. v. virgatus, T. v. mekongensis, T. v. hainanus, T. v. latouchei, T.v. frenatus

 - Sighting Locations -
MALAYSIA - Malay - Rembah Kayu Besar ("Great wood ?")
A locally fairly common bird.
 - MALAYSIA/SINGAPORE 2016 TRIP: A single individual amounst a flock of Everett's White-eyes in Genting Highlands

Further Notes: BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red ListRSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto

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