Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher casting pellet

on 13th April 2010


Earlier, Kennie Pan videoed an Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx erithaca) casting a pellet. This time around, he managed to photograph the casting, being alerted by the bobbing of the kingfisher’s head. So he got his camera ready…

The bird gaped and bobbed its head to show its tongue (above left). Then suddenly a dark round pellet appeared (above right) and dropped onto the ground. Immediately after, the kingfisher’s left eye was covered with its nictitating membrane (left) – an indication that it was about to go to sleep?

Images by Kennie Pan.

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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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3 responses

  1. If there is water below, it would be far too low for the splash to have any effect. The membrane is also used to clean the eye.

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