Short-tailed Green Magpie catches a cicada

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Dr Mithilesh Mishra a.k.a. birdingm was at Mount Kinabalu National Park in Sabah, Malaysia recently and brought back an image of a Short-tailed Green Magpie (Cissa thalassina jeffreyi). The bird had a cicada in its bill.

“Short-tailed Green Magpie has a rather harsh call; a reminder that they are passerine birds which belong to the crow family Corvidae. If you stay in Liwagu Suits chances are that you would see the bird right outside the building where they come to hunt for insects which flock around the lights right outside the building. Here is one enjoying the early morning breakfast of cicada.”

This magpie is found in the montane forest of Sabah.

This post is a cooperative effort between NaturePixels.org and BESG to bring the study of bird behaviour through photography to a wider audience.

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  2. A fantastic photo! Behaviour photos and videos (which I try to get) are the most interesting.

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  3. Agreed. Behaviour photos are full of information. Videos can provide even more information…

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