Asian Paradise Flycatcher takes a cicada

on 26th October 2011

Samson Tan encountered an Asian Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi) on the 9th October 2011 when it just caught a cicada LINK.

The Asian Paradise Flycatcher is a common passage migrant and a rare winter visitor. Most visit around October, although a few can be seen most months of the year. It feeds mainly on flying insects. From a perch the bird swoops out to snatch a passing insect, returning back to the same or a different perch. There, it then proceeds to process the prey (above and below).

Samson reported that instead of swallowing the cicada whole, the flycatcher bashed it against the branch before biting off the head. It then tore off pieces, swallowing only the thorax and abdomen.

Samson Tan
October 2011

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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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