Dinosaur of the week: Oriental Magpie-Robin

Here are a male and a female Copsychus saularis which I spotted some years ago in Ayutthaya in Thailand. The species is threatened by pet bird trade and habitat changes.

Thank you to the members of the Birdforum who helped with the ID.

Dinosaur of the week: Pond Heron


We are entering the murky waters of Khao Lak in Thailand and the even murkier ones of heron taxonomy. This is a member of the Ardeola species, but apparently it is almost impossible to distuguish Ardeola speciosa (Javan pond heron) from Ardeola bacchus (Chinese pond heron) outside the breeding season. Their non-breeding ranges overlap, so take your pick.