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Asian Brown Flycatcher Muscicapa dauurica   - Regurgitating a pellet
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Photographer : © Amar-Singh HSS
Location :Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Date : 13 October 2017
English synonyms:Brown Flycatcher, Brown-Streaked Flycatcher, Daurian Flycatcher, Gray-breasted Flycatcher, Grey-breasted Flycatcher, Northern Asian Brown Flycatcher, Chocolate Flycatcher, Deignan's Flycatcher, Broad-billed Flycatcher, Umber Flycatcher (umbrosa)
Bird Family :Muscicapini - Old World Flycatchers & Niltavas
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :It was a cold morning and this Asian Brown Flycatcher was sitting fluffed up, immobile, fairly low down. It was still quiet early and I doubt it had started feeding for the morning. While I was watching it proceeded to regurgitate a pellet. It then proceeded to commence feeding. I was not able to locate the pellet. A pellet may take 6-10 hours to form (overnight). It is possible that we do not observe this happening more often in Flycatchers because it happens at the start or end of the day. The International Bird Pellet Study Group listed 330 species of birds that cast pellets, comprising more than 60 families. Flycatchers are well represented. See: Bruce Campbell, Elizabeth Lack, A Dictionary of Birds 2013.
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