Common Kingfisher casting pellet on video

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The video below, documented by Jeremiah Loei, shows a Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) casting a pellet while perching on top of a lotus fruit. The screen grab above shows the pellet just about to be cast, seen at 0.11 sec of the video.

Jeremiah’s video complements Allan Teo’s earlier post illustrated with images (below). One image caught the pellet just as it appeared from the base of its pair of mandibles. The other showed the pellet about to leave the tip of the lower mandible.

The video shows the pellet casting in rapid sequence – just as it actually happened. The images show the pellets caught and frozen at the crucial time. However, photography fails to show the subtle body movements just before and after the pellet is cast out. Obviously photography and videography complement each other in this case.

Jeremiah Loei
Singapore
December 2015

This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behavior through photography and videography to a wider audience.

2 Responses

  1. Edna Alvarez

    Maybe there is an earlier post explaining this but why do birds toss pellets? purpose? I googled but not informative. Thank you.

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