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Brown Boobok casting pellet

on 26th November 2016

BoobobBr-pellet [JeremiahLoei]

Jeremiah Loei documented a Brown Boobok (Ninox scutulata), also known as a Brown Hawk-owl, casting a pellet.

BoobobBr-pellet [JeremiahLoei]

The images are screen grabs showing the owl at various postures before the pellet emerged from its mouth.

BoobobBr-pellet [JeremiahLoei]

On the video below, the pellet can be seen at 0:17 sec.

His earlier video of a Spotted Wood-owl (Strix seloputo) casting a pellet can be viewed HERE.

It would be interesting if these pellets can be collected and the bones that are found within examined. This may not be easy to do, especially if the pellets end up among vegetation.

This LINK has an image of 86 bone and teeth fragments that include a skull, all from a rodent, swallowed most probably by a Common Barn Owl (Tyto alba).

Jeremiah Loei
Singapore
9th November 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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