Blue-eared Kingfisher casting pellet

on 20th February 2014

Raptors and owls regularly cast pellets. Other than these groups of birds, kingfishers, bee-eaters, herons and shrikes similarly do so. These are carnivorous birds that swallow their prey together with bones, scales, feathers, furs, etc. The flesh is easily digested but the harder parts that are indigestible are compacted in the crop into a pellet and regurgitated a short time after eating.

A summary of pellet casting has been compiled in Wang, L. K., M. Chan, Y. M. Chan, G. C. Tan & Y. C. Wee, 2009. Pellet-casting by non-raptorial birds of Singapore. Nature in Singapore, 2: 97–106. [A PDF copy can be downloaded HERE].

Jeremiah Loei’s video clip of the Blue-eared Kingfisher (Alcedo meninting) is a new addition to BESG’s documentation of the phenomenon on kingfishers since 2006.

Kingfishers casting pellets posted in this website since 2006 include;

1. Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris) LINK.

2. Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) LINK.

3. Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx erithaca) LINK 1 and LINK 2.

4. Ruddy Kingfisher (Halcyon coromanda) LINK 1 and LINK 2.

5. Stork-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis) LINK.

6. Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) LINK.

Jeremiah Loei
February 2014

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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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