“I was walking along a trail when a flock of adult and juvenile Large Woodshrikes (Tephrodornis gularis fretensis) rushed past me nosily, foraging as they went.
“Very much like a ‘bird wave’ but made of only one species. I estimated numbers at between 8-11 birds; I am sure of 8 but there were definitely more with at least 3 being juveniles. Most of the calls were being made by juvenile demanding feeds, with occasional adult contact calls.
“Over the years I have seen them take mainly animal prey. Caterpillars are common, as are large flying insects (e.g. Katydids).
“On this occasion juveniles were fed large crickets (Gryllidae), grasshoppers (Caelifera), caterpillars, unidentified worms and a Shield/Stink bug (Pentatomidae).
“Prey was branch swiped and killed before being presented to juveniles. I was not able to determine if one juvenile was fed by different adults.”
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
25th July 2018
Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Trail along primary jungle