Greater Racket-tailed Drongo feeding chicks

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Image by Johnny Wee.

Jeremiah Looei’s video clip of the Greater racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus) was documented at Dairy Farm. Perched along the nest’s rim with insects between its mandibles, it was mimicking the call of the Changeable Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus cirrhatus). After all, this drongo is a great mimic, with a wide repertoire of different birds’ calls including urban sounds like those of the chain saws and bells – see also HERE.

Video grab, dragonfly? – Jeremiah Loei.

Being mainly insectivorous, the adults brought insects like dragonflies and bees.

Video grab, bee? – Jeremiah Loei.

Like many other birds, the chicks will, after feeding, excrete its waste matter enclosed in a whitish faecal sac. In this instance the adult missed picking it from the chick’s posterior, as can be seen towards the end of the video at 1:10 minute.

Jeremiah Loei & Johnny Wee
Singapore
15th April 2019

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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