Little Bronze Cuckoo – male foraging

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“I watched this male Little Bronze Cuckoo (Chalcites minutillus peninsularis) for ~ 30 minutes today.

Little Bronze Cuckoo, male.

“I first met up with it calling on the bare branch of a tree. I then followed it to a tall Rain Tree (Albizia saman), 50 metres away, where it progressed to forage for caterpillars and insects, starting from the crown downward.

Little Bronze Cuckoo, male.

“Its foraging technique was the same throughout. It would land on branch and search all around, especially upwards (under surface of the leaves). It would then hop to another branch, often a lower or lateral one and repeat the process.

Little Bronze Cuckoo, male.

“I saw a number of feeding episodes, mainly caterpillars. The tree also had other birds feeding in it including Oriental Magpie-robins (Copsychus saularis musicus), Common Ioras (Aegithina tiphia horizoptera), Pied Trillers (Lalage nigra), etc.

Little Bronze Cuckoo, male.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
15th April 2018

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Secondary growth on fringe of city

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