Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia)

OTHER NAMES: Indian Iora, Black-winged Iora, Small Iora, Ceylon Iora
Latin Etymology: Aegithina (a mythical bird mentioned by Aristotle) tiphia (possibly "tiara")
Non-breeding Adult female Common Iora (subspecies A. t. horizopteraat Ang Mo Kio, Singapore - February 2019

Featured Subspecies: Aegithinia tiphia horizoptera
Weight: 13.5g
Length: 12.5-13.5cm
Wingspan: ?
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern 

Despite the cosmetic similarity to the sunbirds, the iora are a small family of just four species that seem to be fairly detatched from other passerines.  The Common Iora is as it's name suggests, the most common species of the four, found throughout much of South Asia. The male is a bit more a striking bird with high contrast plumage of yellow, black and white.

Related Species:
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Aegithinidae
Genus: Aegithina
SUBSPECIES: A. t. multicolor, A. t. deignani, A. t. humei, A. t. tiphia, A. t. septentrionalis, A. t. philipi, A. t.  cambodiana, A. t. horizoptera, A. t. scapularis, A. t. viridis, A. t. aequanimis

 - Sighting Locations -
SINGAPORE - A resident.
 - CAMBODIA/SINGAPORE 2019 TRIP: One in Ang Mo Kio.

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

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