Suboscine Passerines

Suboscines Photographed in Forest and Wetland Habitat

This page displays a portrait gallery of individual species of suboscines (Tyranni), a suborder of Passeriformes, that I photographed in tropical forest and wetland habitats. Both Old World suboscines (Eurylaimides) and New World suboscines (Tyrannides) feature. The second features feeding and foraging behaviour of three pitta species and a male bearded bellbird mouth wide open calling to mark its territory.

Old and New World Suboscines

Suboscine Notes

All the species shown in the gallery are currently ‘Red List’ assessed as ‘Least Concern’

Images of the three species of pitta are Old World tropical region birds that belong to the Pittidae family; these are one of my favourite birds to photograph.

I photographed in the New World (Neotropic region) birds in Trinidad, most species at Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad’s Northern Range forest. These suboscine species are mainly found in forests but some species including the white-headed marsh tyrant is found in other habitats, such as savanna and inland wetlands.

Suboscines Behaviour

Behaviour Notes

I photographed the blue-winged pitta in Singapore’s Central Catchment Area. I first spotted the bird in the undergrowth but was unable to get any closeup images, eventually the bird flew off. I returned to the area about 10 days latter in the hope of finding the individual again. I gave looking and went to a nearby shelter for break and lunch. Whilst I was eating I noticed the bird was in the shallow ditch at the back of the shelter foraging. I spent the next two hours overserving and photographing the bird turning over leaf litter, eating grubs and pulling up worms.

My first sighting and images of the rainbow pitta was in the forest at Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve in Australia’s Northern Territory. Time limitations prevented me returning. My best photographs were of four different individuals at Howard Springs also in the Northern Territories. I observed them foraging and one collecting nest material.