Verditer Flycatcher – fruit feeding

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Not sure how many Verditer Flycatchers (Eumyias thalassinus thalassoides) were present (post shows a male). The Verditer Flycatchers would take fruit by fly-by snatches as well as exploring the thick sections of the tree and picking off fruits while perched. Wells 2007 does not note local frugivory but I have previously seen it feeding on the Common Mahang (Macaranga bancana) [http://www.besgroup.org/2015/08/02/immature-verditer-flycatcher-feeding-on-common-mahang-fruits/]. Handbook of the Birds of the World 2019 states that “food not well known; …… also ripe berries of Macaranga and Mallotus”. A Google image search showed an additional fruit feeding episode from Thailand.

Bird observed feeding on the fruits:

Little Cuckoo-dove (Macropygia ruficeps malayana)

Black-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus atriceps)

Red-eyed Bulbul (Pycnonotus brunneus brunneus)

Spectacled Bulbul (Pycnonotus erythropthalmos)

Scaly-Breasted Bulbul (Pycnonotus squamatus webberi)

Cream-vented Bulbuls (Pycnonotus simplex)

Buff-vented Bulbul (Iole charlottae crypta)

Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassinus)

Blue-winged Leafbird (Chloropsis cochinchinensis)

Lesser Green Leafbird (Chloropsis cyanopogon)

Everett’s White-eye (Zosterops everetti tahanensis)

Fire-breasted Flowerpecker (Dicaeum ignipectus dolichorhynchum)

 

Bird present but unsure if feeding on fruits:

Blue-eared Barbet (Megalaima australis) & other barbets

Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike (Hemipus picatus intermedius)

Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica)

Temminck’s Sunbird (Aethopyga temminckii)

Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera longirostra cinereicollis)

Grey-breasted Spiderhunter (Arachnothera modesta modesta)

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

18th February 2019

 

Location: Taiping, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: 500-600 meter ASL, primary jungle

Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, handheld with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone

 

 

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