Kwong Wai Chong is sharing some pictures of a female Banded Woodpecker (above). “For a few short seconds, it stretched out its neck and gaped with bill wide open (below)”, wrote Wai Chong. ” Was it casting a pellet?”
“Species that have been documented to cast pellets include raptors, bee-eaters, and kingfishers. I suspect that this woodpecker could be casting a pellet, but this cannot be confirmed as the actual action was missed as it turned away at the critical moment,” continued Wai Chong.
Images of a Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris) in the act of casting a pellet for comparison have been provided by Wai Chong (above and below).
So far, we have documented pellet casting in two species of kingfisher: Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx erithacus) LINK and Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) LINK. Now we have another species added to the above two – Collared Kingfisher
Kwong Wai Chong