|Speckled Piculet (Picumnus innominatus). Photo by hydroscwan|
|Black-and-buff Woodpecker (Meiglyptes jugularis).|
Photo by Mark van Beirs
And then we got into some colorful birds, including broadbills, minivets (in the cuckoo-shrike family), shrike-babblers (aka Vireo allies), orioles, and monarch flycatchers—beautiful all:
|Black-and-red Broadbill (Cimbirhynchus mnacrorhynchos).|
Photo by Phil Liew
|Long-tailed Broadbill (Psarisomus dalhousiae).|
Photo from charismaticplanet.com
|Male Scarlet Minivet (Pericrocotus flammeus) (the female is|
bright yellow and gray, also very pretty). Photo by James Eaton
|Blyth's Shrike-babbler (Pteruthius aeralatus). Photo by uzair ar|
|Maroon Oriole (Oriolus traillii). Photo by Craig Brelsford|
|Asian Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi). |
Photo from exploreyala.com
One of the more spectacular sights of the trip involved a greater racket-tailed drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus) hectoring a great hornbill (Buceros bicornis) over the jungle of Cat Tien National Park. Imagine our surprise when, later that day, a couple of our party, leader Susan and Matt, stopped in at a park lodge simply to check out the accommodations and spied the very same scene in a painting on a room wall! This event must happen frequently. I was so glad Matt shared the picture with me—good ol' AirDrop.
Here's a greater racket-tailed drongo more lifelike; seeing one always made me happy:
|Photo by Nitin Srinivasamurthy|
I'll leave you with two more birds for now (there will be a part VI, it seems, when we will venture into the land of fulvettas, yuhinas, and sunbirds, oh my!).
|Sultan Tit (Melanochlora sultanea).|
|Yellow-billed Nuthatch (Sitta solangiae). Photo by Craig Brelsford|
There's nothing like a nuthatch to fill me with cheer—I could say, the more colorful the better, but even our drab West Coast white-breasted nuthatches are delightful as they scamper up and down trees, searching for insect prey. They're determined little clowns, defying gravity all the way.