Copper-throated Sunbird fledgling eaten by a whip snake

On 30th June 2018 at 9.55 am, FIN witnessed a Copper-throated Sunbird (Nectarinia calcostetha) chick fledging (see video below).

About 40 minutes after leaving the nest the fledgling ended between the jaws of a Whip Snake (Ahaetulla sp.). Once firmly secured between the snake’s jaws, the struggling fledgling was slowly but surely moved through the snake’s mouth and into the stomach (see top and video below).

2nd July 2018

We wish to thank FIN for permission to post the story and MeiLin Khoo for forwarding FIN’s story, image and two videos to BESG.

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

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