Long-tailed Shrike Casting A Pellet

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“Sharing this video of a Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach) in the process of casting a pellet. It was made with a few still images that were taken in sequence.

“It was an amazing experience and my pleasure to watch this confiding shrike from close. It took just 10 seconds from the time it started to gape slightly until the pellet was held briefly in its beak. The pellet was then dropped onto the ground below.

“The pellet is made up of compacted indigestible remains of food that the shrike had taken earlier. Instead of going through its digestion system and passed out through its rear, it is cast or regurgitated out from its mouth.”

Kwong Wai Chong
10th March 2013

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