Babblers! They are not found in the New World (unless introduced): they show up on Wikipedia specifically as the "Old World babblers," or Timaliidae, a family of passerine (or perching: three toes forward, one back) birds, the largest order (Passeriformes), with 5,100 species (out of 9–10,000 species in the world total). As for the babblers specifically: 53 species, in nine genera. We saw the puff-throated, Abbott's, buff-breasted, scaly-crowned, and golden babblers, the pin-striped tit-babbler, and the limestone wren-babbler, and heard a few others. They are diverse in size and coloration (though most are rather drab), and tend to be characterized by soft fluffy plumage.
|Scaly-crowned Babbler (Malacopteron cinereum). Photo by Daniel Koh|
|The Vietnamese Cutia (Cutia legalleni) is a babbler too:|
it was one of the final birds of our trip, and greatly gratifying:
a lovely little thing. Photo by Allan Lewis
|Stripe-throated Bulbul (Picnonolus finlaysoni). Photo by Tom Backlund|
|Chestnut Bulbul (Hemixos castanonolus). Photo by Marcos Wei|
Here are a few of the barbets we enjoyed watching through our binoculars or hearing from a distance in the shady forest:
|Lineated Barbet (Megalaima lineata). Photo by Subharanjan Sen|
|Golden-throated Barbet (Megalaima franklinii). Photo by Lawrence Neo|
|Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala)|
Yellow-crowned Barbet: Someone took my bra! Someone took my bra!
Indochinese Barbet: Big fat buddha . . . big fat buddha . . .
Coppersmith Barbet: tink . . tink . . tink . . tink (like a metalworker working metal)
Blue-eared Barbet: a Coppersmith on amphetamines
Bornean Barbet: on a double dose of amphetamines
Red-vented Barbet: on pot, "doot . . . doot . . . doot . . ."
Necklaced Barbet: wow! wow! wow! wow!