Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher casting pellet

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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.

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


3 Responses

  1. I’m going to guess that the nictating membrane came down to avoid splashing in case the pellet is cast into water.

  2. 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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