Dinosaur of the week: Common Myna

common myna

I saw this Acridotheres tristis perched on a temple in Thailand. These relatives of starlings are  labelled as invasive species and even a pest in many parts of the world. I wonder if those Homo sapiens realize their own destructive effect.


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.