Broadbills and their diet

posted in: Feeding-invertebrates | 2

Broadbills (Family: Eurylaimidae) are generally insectivorous and carnivorous. Their broad, hook-tipped bill and wide gape are well adapted for such a diet. A few species take fruit and other plant matter as a supplement. However, green broadbills of the genus … Continued

Do birds perspire?

posted in: Bee-eaters, Morphology-Develop. | 2

“It was hot at Sg. Balang in the Johor state of Malaysia. The birds were taking cover under shade, but some like the Blue-tailed Bee-Eater (Merops philippinus), were out in the open under the hot sun, perched on bamboo poles, … Continued

Pacific Swallow starting a nest

posted in: Nests, Swifts-Swallows | 0

Following the posting on the initial efforts of a House Swift (Apus affinis) at building a nest on a vertical wall, Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS sent in his observations and a composite image on the Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica javanica) … Continued

Dusky Broadbill builds a nest

posted in: Nests | 2

Irfan Choo’s image shows a Dusky Broadbill’s (Corydon sumatranus) putting the final touches to its massive nest. This species is well known for its cooperative breeding behaviour. As many as 20 birds have been known to help in the building … Continued

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