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Birding Hongbenghe, Yunnan (Part 1)

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He published a number of books on birds of India and Burma, making me wonder how hard all these overseas civil servants really worked in their day jobs. George Rippon (1861-1927), a member of the British Army in India and Burma.

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Finicky Finches

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Nyer is not grown in the United States and is imported from a variety of places including Burma, Singapore, Ethiopia and Myanmar. The food for finches can go by a variety of names: Thistle or Niger or Nyjer (and that’s just once seed, that doesn’t include all the finch specific mixes on the market).

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Birding Shanghai in March 2023

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They are described as “larger and more powerful than the Common Blackbird of Europe” – I can imagine some Chinese nationalists rejoicing that “my blackbird can beat your blackbird” … According to Wikipedia, the distribution of the Red-billed Leiothrix stretches over India, Bhutan, Nepal, Burma, and parts of Tibet.

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Why Don’t I Have Any Finches At My Feeder?

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Most of it comes from Singapore, Ethiopia and Burma. I told him that the chances were good that the seed was most likely old and finches will not eat it. Nyjer (also known as Niger and Thistle) is not grown in the US, though it is possible. Once the seed is six months old after being picked, the finches are less likely to eat it.

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Asia’s Deadliest Bird: The Brown Prinia

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It inhabits rather dry areas within a region notorious for being one of the rainiest parts of the world, and is thus patchily distributed from Burma through Laos, Cambodia, parts of Thailand and south China, all the way to Vietnam. The Brown Prinia is an Asian species with a very peculiar range.

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Birding Hongbenghe, Yunnan (Part 2)

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In this case, the correct one (according to the HBW) is Sir Herbert Thirkell White (1855-1931), a British colonial administrator in Burma. He also wrote some books on Burma, one of which (“A Civil Servant in Burma”) Wikipedia calls a classic.

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Birding Napo, Guangxi, China – part 2

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Apparently, he used his various army postings in Afghanistan, Burma and on the Andaman Islands to study local birds whenever his busy schedule governing or fighting the locals allowed it. The species name ramsayi is presumably derived from Robert George Wardlaw-Ramsay (the length of this name being comparable to the tail length of the bird).

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