Mugimaki Flycatcher casting two pellets at one sitting

on 29th January 2018
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Kumchun Chan succeeded in documenting a Mugimaki Flycatcher (Ficedula mugimaki) casting pellet on video at Bidadari in December 2017. So far, we have reports of a single pellet being cast at any one sitting. In this case there were two pellet castings, at an interval of 6 seconds. Not sure whether this is an unusual occurrence.

The flycatcher must have eaten a heavy meal to cast two pellets within such a short time. Usually pellets are formed within six to ten hours of a meal in the bird’s gizzard LINK.

A PDF copy on Pellet-casting by non-raptorial birds of Singapore can be downloaded HERE.

Kumchun Chan
6th December 2017

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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