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 and BESG to bring the study of bird behaviour through photography to a wider audience.

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Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

4 Responses

  1. BESG

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

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