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There are an estimated 10,000 living species of bird, around one fifth of which occur in Southeast Asia.  The greatest diversity occurs in lowland primary rainforest and coastal mangrove.  Broadly, birds can be divided into passerines and non-passerines. Passerines, or perching birds (Order : Passeriformes) comprise around one half of all bird species.  They are also known as 'songbirds' and are grouped together in a single order on the basis of the arrangement of toes and leg musculature.  Non-passerines comprise birds from 28 other orders in existence today.

Birds have undergone remarkable adaptive radiation, with many examples of convergent evolution i.e. unrelated bird groups have evolved similar body form in response to the demands of adapting to specific ecological niches. For example, swifts and swallows are of similar body shape, but are quite unrelated.

The casual observer need understand nothing of the complex evolutionary history of birds. Its simply enough to appreciate the stunning beauty and diversity of these creatures, particularly the brightly coloured kingfishers, barbets, trogons, woodpeckers, broadbills and majestic hornbills which inhabit the region's forests.


Yeo Suay Hwee and Morten Strange helped identify some of the less common birds in
 these pages, and Shawn Lum and Tony O'Demspey helped with the trees and plants.
  

 

Ducks, pheasants and look-alikes


 
       
Ducks
 
  Grebes
 
  Finfoots
 
  Rails
 
  Pheasants
 
                 

Gulls, Plovers and allies

Darters
         
Terns
 
  Waders
 
  Lapwings & Plovers
 
  Darters
 
 
 
                 

Herons, Egrets and Storks

         
Bitterns
 
  Small Herons & Egrets
 
  Large Herons & Egrets
 
  Storks
 
   
 
                 

Raptors

Swifts and Treeswifts
           
Raptors
 
  Swifts  
 
  Treeswifts         
 
   
 
   
 
                 

Pigeons, Parrots and relatives

         
Pigeons & Doves
 
  Cockatoos 
 
  Parakeets 
 
  Parrots     
 
   
 
                 

Cuckoos and allies

 
           
Cuckoos
 
  Coucals
 
  Malkohas
 
 
 
 
 
                 

Nocturnal birds

 
           
Owls
 
  Nightjars
 
  Frogmouths
 
 
 
 
 
                 

Kingfishers, Bee-eaters and Rollers

 
         
Tree Kingfishers
 
  River Kingfishers
 
  Bee-eaters
 
  Rollers
 
   
                 

Woodpeckers, Barbets and Trogons

Hornbills
         
Woodpeckers
 
  Barbets
 
  Trogons
 
  Hornbills 
 
   
 
                 

Broadbills and Pittas  (Eurylaimoidea)

 
             
Broadbills
 
  Pittas
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
                 

Honeyeaters  (Meliphagoidea)

 
               
Honeyeaters
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
                 

Crows and allies  (Corvoidea)

       
Minivets
 
  Orioles & Cuckooshrikes
   
  Shrike-babblers
   
  Woodswallows
   
  Whistlers
   
       
Ioras
   
  Woodshrikes
   
  Drongos
   
  Monarchs
 
  Fantails
 
         
Shrikes
 
Oriental Magpies & Treepies
 
True Crows
 
Leafbirds & Fairy Bluebirds 
      
 
   
           

Swallows, Bulbuls, Tailorbirds, Warblers, Laughing Thrushes, Babblers etc.  (Sylvioidea)

       
Swallows
 
  Bulbuls
 
  Tailorbirds & Prinias
 
  Warblers
 
  White-eyes
   
         
Laughing Thrushes
   
  Minlas & Sibias
 
  Babblers
 
  Mesia & Fulvettas
 
 
   
                 

Shamas, Old World Flycatchers, Forktails, Thrushes, Mynas, Starlings etc.  (Muscicapoidea)

       
Magpie Robins & Shamas
 
  Flycatchers
    
  Niltavas  
 
  Forktails 
 
  Thrushes 
 
               
Mynas & Starlings
 
               
                 

Nuthatches etc.  (Certhioidea)

 
Nuthatches
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
                 

Wagtails, Sparrows, Munias. Weavers, Tits etc.  (Passeroidea)

 
       
Wagtails & Pipits
    
  Sparrows
   
  Munias
   
  Weavers
   
  Tits
   
                 

Spiderhunters, Sunbirds, Flowerpeckers etc.  (Dicaeoidea)

 
           
Spiderhunters 
     
  Sunbirds     
      
  Flowerpeckers