Pied Fantail: Adult feeding chicks

on 26th August 2018
Two Pied Fantail chicks in the nest – video grab.

MeiLin Khoo’s two videos of the nesting Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica) were documented at Gardens by the Bay in July 2018. An earlier video, see HERE, shows the adult eating a very much younger chick’s faecal sac immediately after feeding.

Adult Pied Fantail with two chicks – video grab

In the first video below, the adult waited after feeding a chick to pick the faecal sac the moment the chick ejected it after feeding. The adult flew off with the sac to dispose it some distance away. The adult did not eat the sac as the chick was older and its digestive system more efficient, thus the adult would not benefit by swallowing the sac

The second video below shows the adult waiting for the faecal sac but the chick was a little late in ejecting it. So the adult left without the sac.

Note that the adult fed one chick at a time.

MeiLin Khoo
24th July 2018

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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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