Regurgitating koel

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On 24 October 2021, Thong Chow Ngian observed a male koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus) feeding on the fruits of the Footstool palm, Saribus rotundifolius. He continued to observe the bird and later documented the bird regurgitating a pale seed. The observations were made in Pasir Ris, Singapore.

Photo 1. Thong Chow Ngian noticed a male Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus), feeding on the Footstool palm (Saribus rotundifolius) fruits. It swallowed the dark fruits whole. After feeding, it perched quietly on the stalk of a large palm leaf.
Photo 2. After about 10-15 minutes, it started to regurgitate and a pale- looking seed popped out of its beak.
Photo 3. It caught the seed with its beak for a few seconds before releasing it. He was fascinated by this feeding behaviour. The indigestible seed is regurgitated.

 

All photographs © Thong Chow Ngian.

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