Friday, January 27, 2012

Vinous-throated Parrotbill, January 12

Vinous-throated Parrotbill Paradoxornis webbianus
Vinous-throated Parrotbill Paradoxornis webbianus (Ilsan, March 2008)
This bird is among the smallest in Korea - just a ping-pong ball-sized fluffball!  They rustle through the underbrush on hillsides and reedy ditches in groups of 10-30 like a pack of mice, and they don't sit still very long to pose for pictures.  They're pretty common in rural areas all over Korea's mainland (plenty in the hills of Geoje!), but I never encountered any on Jeju.

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