Little Pied Flycatcher – juvenile male

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“I observed an adult male Little Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula westermanni westermanni) caring for a juvenile male today (below).

“It was raining for some time and the adult had taken refuge near the crown of a tall tree (~ 9-10 meters up), under the canopy of leaves. I was fortunately on a slope and the crown of the tree was at eye level.

1. Top image shows the juvenile male and above the juvenile with the adult male. The white on greater coverts, colour of flight-feathers and lack of brown in tail supports a juvenile male.

2. I looked for the adult female or other juveniles but could not spot them; only the adult male was in attendance. This suggests that the adults may split up to care for the juveniles (division of fledglings between parents).

3. Above image is the adult male with prey for young. It was a small moth captured by an aerial sally. Details on prey for young limited.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
29th May 2018

Location: 1,600-1,700m ASL, Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia
Habitat: A public road along primary montane forest

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