Common Iora feeding on a katydid

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“I was attracted to the chirping of 4 Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia) up in some saplings along a path leading to Pasir Ris Park.

“One of them was oblivious to my close proximity as it was busily processing its lunch. It held a katydid (Family: Tettigoniidae) [a long-horned grasshopper], in its claw and used its beak to pluck away all the katydid legs (except the last hind leg that it was holding in its claw) before consuming it.

“Is it processing the food to feed to its young, as the image on the left shows the katydid is not entirely swallowed?”

Goh Juan Hui
Singapore, 27th March 2012

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