Roger Moo a.k.a. cactus400D documented a Rufous-vented Niltava (Niltava sumatrana) fledgling at Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands learning how to forage with the adult watching nearby, never helping.
The bird flew to the branch with the ripe fruit hanging down (top row, left). It carefully checked it out (top row, right), “spinning” downwards and successfully removed the outer covering. It then rested a while (bottom row, left) before getting off the branch to get at it (bottom row, right). After successfully swallowing the fruit, the bird returned to the perch, rested for some time before flying off.
All this while an adult was around, simply watching… and encouraging…
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