Asian Fairy-bluebird – female feeding

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“Was in a dark part of the jungle when I saw this largish dark bird, feeding high in the canopy.

FairyBluebirdA-f-moth [AmarSingh] 1

“Almost did not recognise what it was until I realised that the female Asian Fairy-bluebird (Irena puella malacan) looks green in low light.

FairyBluebirdA-f-moth [AmarSingh] 2

“They are documented as largely frugivores but here it is eating a large moth (like a silk moth).

FairyBluebirdA-f-moth [AmarSingh] 3

“The feeding behaviour is interesting (see composite below).

FairyBluebirdA-f-moth [AmarSingh] 4

“Once dead, caught the moth by the wing, tossed it to tear off the wing, then re-caught the body.
Then tossed it up to catch it again in the full beak.

“Shots grainy as in low light.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
26th January 2009

Location: Primary Jungle, Keledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

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