Blue-winged Leafbird takes on a long-horned grasshopper

on 30th October 2009

Jeffery K. Chan documented a series of images showing a female Blue-winged Leafbird (Chloropsis cochinchinensis) eating an adult male Green Katydid (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae) or long-horned grasshopper.

This leafbird regularly catches grasshoppers, including large ones. Here, the bird would have earlier subdued the grasshopper and in the process removed the limbs (above left). It then swallowed the insect head-first, wings and all (above right, below left). It apparently had one of the limbs with it, seen in the images (above right, below left) as the tinge of yellow to the right of the bird and on the branch, eating it last (below right).


An earlier post showed a Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) dismembered a long-horned grasshopper before eating it, unlike this leafbird that swallowed it without dismembering it.

Images by Jeffery K. Chan, Dr Leong Tzi Ming identified the grasshopper.

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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YC Wee

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.

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