Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush foraging

on 25th November 2019

“I observed a sizeable number of the Chestnut-capped Laughingthrushs (Garrulax mitratus major), on a number of occasions, at Cameron Highlands yesterday (below).

“Usually in flocks of 7-9 but also up to 15 birds in a social/foraging group. This species is one of the commonest participants of mixed foraging party (bird wave).

“On this occasion noted it feeding on:
1. Ficus fruit (species not identified) (above).

2. A brilliant blue fruit, Elaeocarpus acmosepalus (above and feeding composite below).

3. I saw one feeding on a Cicada high in the canopy (possibly Megapomponia species). The composite below shows how the bird pulled off the wings and feet before eating the insect.

“Previous feeding sources I have observed with Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush:
1. Feeding on the flowers of Poikilospermum suaveolens to get to the nectar LINK.
2. Unidentified insect
3. Unidentified orange berries (a favourite of many species, not a ficus)
4. The commonest feeding is largely on insects – they frequently explored dead, curled up leaves.”
4. Eating an Atlas Moth (by someone else) LINK.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
4th March 2019

Location: 1,700m ASL, Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia
Habitat: Primary montane forest

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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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