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Little Bronze Cuckoo – male foraging

on 3rd May 2018

“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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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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