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Common Iora Aegithina tiphia   - Male assuming breeding plumage
Common Iora
Photographer : © Amar-Singh HSS
Location :Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Date : 4 February 2018
English synonyms:Iora, Small Iora, Indian Iora, Black-winged Iora, Ceylon Iora
Bird Family :Aegithinidae - Ioras
Bird Group :PASSERIFORMES
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :Wells 2007 states that there is “much individual variation” for the male. Breeding males tend to have a black cap, lores and neck. This male did not have the ‘classical’ breeding plumage but what was very evident, especially in the field, is a rich orange-yellow throat and upper breast. This to me is one of the first signs of breeding plumage appearing. Wells says “breeders seem always to be brighter below, richer golden yellow especially on throat and breast”. Also show the male with an insect prey and it used the feet to hold the prey to manipulate it.
-Amar
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