Common Iora catching and swallowing caterpillar

Dr Jeff Lim documented a female Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia) catching a caterpillar from the tree canopy, smacked it against its perch to kill it as well as to remove the stomach content (above)…

…before repositioning it for swallowing. With a swift fling, it tossed the dead caterpillar into its throat. Note the pink tongue of the iora sticking out (above right). The bird then cleaned her bill by wiping it against the perch.

Shortly after the meal, she performed a sequence of stretching exercises beginning with a twisting motion (above left), followed by a puffing-cum-twisting motion (above centre) and ending with an angel’s wing stretch (above right).

All images by Dr Jeff Lim.

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