Chestnut-bellied Malkoha – forage

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Observed a single Chestnut-bellied Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus sumatranus) foraging in the trees, as it often does scampering and hopping from branch to branch.

I saw it dislodged a large flying insect and, to my surprise, it did an aerial sally to chase after and obtain its prey; with wings and tail all spread out. Not seen this behaviour previously.

Although called ‘Chestnut-bellied’, I think ‘Chestnut-vented’ might be more apt.


Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr) – Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Trail along primary jungle

Date: 12th October 2020

Equipment: Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, handheld with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone

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