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Lowland Mangrove Mixed Foraging Party

I was watching a mangrove bird wave (mixed foraging party) when a Velvet-fronted Nuthatch Sitta frontalis saturatior flew down onto the board-walk in front of me. It then, inexplicably, proceeded to hop closer and closer until it was near my feet (Image 1).

Image 1: Adult Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Matang Forest Reserve, Perak, Malaysia, 1st June 2023

It then flew up to join the family group of two adults and two dependent juveniles.
I saw an adult male acquire a spider (image 2) which was fed to a juvenile (image 3).

Image 2: Adult Velvet-fronted Nuthatch with spider prey, Matang Forest Reserve, Perak, Malaysia, 1st June 2023
Image 3: Adult Velvet-fronted Nuthatch feeding spider prey to juvenile, Matang Forest Reserve, Perak, Malaysia, 1st June 2023

The composition of the mangrove mixed foraging party were:
4 Velvet-fronted Nuthatches Sitta frontalis (2 juveniles, 2 adults)
2-3 Pin-striped Tit-Babblers Mixornis gularis
1 Malaysian Pied-Fantail Rhipidura javanica
2 Copper-throated Sunbirds Leptocoma calcostetha
1 Olive-winged Bulbul Pycnonotus plumosus
2 Common Ioras Aegithina tiphia
And others which included Tailorbirds.

There was 1 Common Flameback Dinopium javanense in the group but was not sure entirely if it was part of the bird wave.

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Amar-Singh HSS

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS, Cert Theology (Aust, Hons), MBBS (Mal), MRCP (UK), FRCP (Glasg), MSc Community Paediatrics (Ldn, dist), is a Consultant Paediatrician. He served the Malaysian civil service for more than 35 years, led regional Paediatric and Research departments, is an active child advocate and the recipient of a number of international awards. He has been a bird watcher for around 50 years, published two bird books, has a number of international bird publications, contributed to more than 20 international bird books/guides, and contributes to online bird image and audio databases. He is an active contributor to the Bird Ecology Study Group with a large number of detailed posts and write-ups on bird ecology. He is a life member of the Malaysian Nature Society, a member of the BCC-MNS Records Committee, a member of the Oriental Bird Club and supports eBird. He is interested in spending time getting to know bird behaviour and considers himself a bird-friend. Amar is based at Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.

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