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© Monitoring Series of Blue-winged Pitta 2016: Blue-Winged Pitta Feeds Day Old Fledgling Part 2

on 31st August 2016

Part 1 of the series can be found HERE.

“Do parenting Blue-winged Pittas (Pitta moluccensis) play fair to their newly fledged chicks?

1  PittaBW-ch series 2016 [DaisyO'Neill]

Medusa, the female Pitta parent was observed to serve in portions of earthworms she collected. Having fed Chick No: 3–Me at nest site, she flew with remaining portion to awaiting Chick No: 1-Doe; seen with beak opened wide (above).

2  PittaBW-ch series 2016 [DaisyO'Neill]

“Here a humble shot, a bit blurry as everything happened so quickly. I had to swing my DGscope when parent with prey chose landing on tight edge opposite. The huge lump of coiled vermin was stuffed into hungry Doe’s buccal cavity (above).

3  PittaBW-ch series 2016 [DaisyO'Neill]

Medusa was observed to tenderly uncoil its spaghetti looking prey for Doe’s easier swallowing. The segmented vermin eventually left the grasp of the maternal one and got transferred and teased down the throat of juvenile (above).

PittaBW-ch series 2016 [DaisyO'Neill]

“Under watchful supervision by parent, Doe was left to devour lunch of sushi earthworm (above).

“What about Chick No: 2-Ray still in hiding amongst ground cover of ferns? The harsh lesson Ray needed to learn fast was, ‘You want food, show up!’

“Chick feeding is a Herculean task for both Pitta parents. While images have been of identification quality in documentation so far, readers can look forth to better photographic images of Hercules and Medusa– the successful breeding pair, in Part 3 and thereafter in the Monitoring series of Blue-winged Pittas (2016).”

Avian Writer Daisy O’Neill
Penang, Malaysia
16th August 2016

Copyright article and all image copies – Courtesy of Daisy O’Neill Bird Conservation Fund

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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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