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Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike seen at Chek Jawa

on 6th April 2022

 

Photo by Richard Lee. Black winged Flycatcher-shrike at Chek Jawa Coastal Boardwalk. 4 April 2022.

 

Richard Lee was at the Chek Jawa Coastal Boardwalk on 4 April 2022 and was rewarded with the sighting of the very rare non-breeding visitor, Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike (Hemipus hirundinaceus). This bird is often seen around the vicinity of Pulau Ubin. Gan Lee Hsia spotted two birds on 4 April 2022 between 9.10 am and 9.30 am.  One bird was sighted again at ~ 11.00 am  and the photographers who were at the location were rewarded with great photographic documentations of the bird. The bird was not sighted again in the afternoon on 4 April 2022.

Family: Vangidae

Interesting snippets: Found in the Malay Peninsula and Greater Sunda Islands and reside in forests, swamps and mangroves. It catches insects in the air and those hiding on the underside of leaves. They attach their cone-shaped nest to tree branches with the help of cobwebs. The nests are camouflaged with bark, lichen and natural fibres.

Another group of photographers who were also at Pulau Ubin spotted and documented the rare visitor, Large Woodshrike (Tephrodornis virgatus a.k.a. Tephrodornis gularis) on 3 April 2022.

 

References:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-winged_flycatcher-shrike
  2. https://ebird.org/species/bwfshr2
  3. https://besgroup.org/2022/01/26/black-winged-flycatcher-shrike/

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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LW Teo

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