Oriental Magpie Robin taking cockroach

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Dr. Redzlan Abdul Rahman documented an Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis) catching an American cockroach (Periplaneta americana) and eating it.

Although know as American cockroach, the insect originated from tropical Africa. It is now one of the most common domestic pest in urban areas.

The bird forages on the ground catching arthropods mainly. These include cockroaches, mole crickets and termites. Geckos have also been reported to be taken by this robin.

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