Asian Glossy Starling de-shelled a snail

on 9th September 2016

StarlingAG-snail [LeeLiEr] 1

Lee Li Er came across an Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis) with a snail between its bill (above).
StarlingAG-snail [LeeLiEr] 2

The starling was repeatedly tapping the snail against the ground until the flesh popped out (above).

StarlingAG-snail [LeeLiEr] 3

The starling then picked the flesh and swallowed it, entrails and all (above, below). Before flying off it picked up the scattered pieces.

StarlingAG-snail [LeeLiEr] 4

The exciting episode was documented at Satay by the Bay on 21st August 2016 – see video below.

This video documentation complements an earlier account that was accompanied by a photograph.

Lee Li Er
25th August 2016

This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behavior through photography and videography to a wider audience.

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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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