Tropical Wildlife: Malaysia Archives

Articles on wildlife in tropical Malaysia, arranged by posting dates.

Harmonia axyridis in beautiful colours and randomly spotted

Harmonia axyridis (Asian Lady Beetle, Harlequin, Multicoloured Asian Beetle) Harmonia axyridis is a typical coccinellid beetle in shape and structure, being domed and having a smooth transition between its wing coverings, pronotum and head. It ranges from 5.5-8.5 mm in size. The common colour form is orange or red in colouration with 0-22 black spots of variable […]

Acridotheres tristis or myna with interesting colours

Acridotheres tristis (Myna, Mynah, Indian Myna) Mynas are medium-sized passerines with strong feet. Their flight is strong and direct, and they are gregarious. Their preferred habitat is fairly open country. The common myna with body length of 23 cm is readily identified by the brown body, black hooded head and the bare yellow patch behind […]

Halcyon smyrnensis with bright plumage and pointed bill

Halcyon smyrnensis (White-throated Kingfisher) Kingfishers are a family of small to medium-sized and brightly coloured birds. This White-throated Kingfisher is large, 27-28 cm in length. The adult has a bright blue back, wings and tail. Its head, shoulders, flanks and lower belly are chestnut and the throat and breast are white. The large bill and legs […]

Peacock with captivating iridescent colouration

Peacock (Peafowl, Peahen) The term peacock is reserved for the male while the female is known as a peahen. Both are peafowl. The immature offspring are sometimes called peachicks. In both species of Pavo, the male has a 90–130 cm body and 150 cm train of tail feathers that are coloured a brilliant metallic green. […]

Beautiful Eudocima phalonia visited us recently

Eudocima phalonia (Common Fruit-piercing Moth) This gorgeous Fruit Piercing Moth visited our home about two days ago in the afternoon. It laid silently outside our grilled gate as if waiting to be awakened from its slumber. We took a couple of photos of this amazing beauty. Is it a butterfly or moth, we wondered? I posted […]