White-breasted Woodswallow – feeding behaviour

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“I missed posting this interesting observation on feeding by the White-breasted Woodswallows (Artamus leucorynchus leucorynchus). It was 7.20am near the beach and I saw a flock of up to 25 birds hovering over a large bush. Other birds were also feeding in the same bush. Instead of their usual swooping from a pole or wire perch to catch a butterfly or dragonfly, here they were hovering over the bush and searching intently. I was not able to identify the prey but I am sure it was not flying insects.

“…Lots of activity with breaks to rest on nearby electrical pole (above). I had the impression that quiet a number were young, first year birds.

“…close up of feeding activity (top, above). They did not actually rest on the bush but picked off prey. I even considered some fruit feeding but have no evidence.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
9th September 2013

Location: Kuala Baram, Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia
Habitat: Trail to beach with some mud flats

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