Fight and Flight: 6 Insect-Eating Birds Found in Asia

We were taught in school that birds feed on worms, but did you know that some species actually snack on insects? Some of these birds can even help out with termite control. Indeed, they are truly useful in balancing out the food chain.

Asia is home to a number of insect-eating birds—some are even experts in eating in mid-air! Soar high with these flying creatures as we let you into the world of Asia’s insect-eating birds.


Termite control

The White-bellied Woodpecker (Drycopus javensis) is a bird found in the tropical forests of Asia, particularly in evergreen areas of the Southeast. It is known for the noticeable white area on its belly, hence the name. These birds are considered to be one of the largest of their kind and also one of the most dominant in terms of population. They breed on dead tree barks and feed mainly on insects such as ants and grubs that live under barks. During the breeding season and during meal time, they make drumming sounds. These birds make a distinct “kuk” sound before flying off.


Chinese Penduline Tit, Termite Control

The Chinese Penduline Tit (Remiz consobrinus) is a species of the Remizidae family. They can be found in Japan, North and South Korea, China (particularly in Hong Kong), and Russia. Among its favorite food are caterpillars and small invertebrates. They are relatively small in size and light brown in color.


Philippine Frogmouth, Termite Control

The Philippines is known for its diverse nature and wildlife. Among the wonders living in our country is the Philippine Frogmouth (Batrachostomus septimus). This nocturnal bird lives in lowland forests and survives by eating different insects such as beetles, cicadas, grasshoppers, and crickets. They have soft, downy feathers held together by moss and lichens.


 Velvet Fronted Nuthatch

The Velvet-fronted Nuthatch (Sitta frontalis) is a small bird belonging to the Sittidae family. It can be found in South Asia, particularly in Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India; these can also be sighted in Indonesia and China. Evergreen forests are their primary habitat and they can actually climb down trees! They feed on spiders and other invertebrates, often feeding in flocks. Despite their small size, their beaks are strong and they can easily be identified by their lavender cheeks and red bills. The Velvet-fronted Nuthatch are noisy birds as they always sing loud songs.


 hodgson treecreeper

A certain type of passerine bird lives in the Himalayas: the Hodgson’s Treecreeper (Certhia hodgsoni). Aside from Nepal, this bird can also be found in China, Myanmar, Bhutan, India, and Pakistan. Like the Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, this bird also uses its voice but this time for calling out to its relatives and signal for flight. They typically feed on arthropods and live mostly in temperate climates in coniferous woodlands.


 blue tailed bee eater1

The Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus) is a species belonging to the family Meropidae. They are migratory birds commonly seen in India. Their bodies are richly-colored, with the hues of their tails being their most prominent feature. They live in farmlands and rice fields. They munch on hornets, dragonflies and of course, bees. These birds prefer to be near large bodies of water and sandy banks.

There you have it, six of the most common insect eating birds in Asia. Stay tuned for the next installment of insect-eating bird adventures!

“EEK, SPIDER!” 5 Popular Films About Spiders

No other living creature inspires fear in humans as much as a spider can. Dreaded both literally and figuratively, these eight-legged insects can really make your skin crawl and sometimes scare you out of your own home. As if that’s not enough, movie makers thought it a good thing to give these arachnids several roles in the film industry! And trust me; they’re not the small bugs you can squish with your shoes. In cinemas, the spiders are so huge and lethal that no normal pest control can stand against them, let alone snuff them out. Below are five spider flicks that would leave you shaking in your shoes:

Arachnophobia (1990)

Arachnophobia (1990)


Starring Jeff Daniels and john Goodman, this film revolves around a spider of unknown breed found in the Amazon rainforest which, through a series of events, found itself in a barnyard located in a small, sleepy California town. Apparently not wanting to die quietly, the spider mated with the local arachnid, spawning poisonous drones that wreaked havoc on the area. Against this threat, we have a generally-scared-of-spiders protagonist, a chubby bug exterminator, a nail gun, fire and electricity.


Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)

Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)


If you think one spider is scary, think about how terrified you’d be facing a group of carnivorous tarantulas staring at you with their mouths watering. This film is designed to discourage you from using pesticides, that’s a promise. Apparently sick and tired of being sprayed on, the spiders in this monster movie decided it would be best for them to form a hill community or ten, putting on the menu larger animals like a dog, a calf and even a bull. These arachnids don’t like to be threatened by humans either, as you will see as soon as you watched it.


Eight Legged Freaks (2002)

Eight Legged Freaks (2002)


Are you a proud owner of a collection of exotic spiders? Do you happen to have a barrel of toxic waste in your backyard? If so, then don’t let your arachnid pals near those drums of liquid refuse – ever. ‘Cause you won’t like what happened in this film to happen to you and your neighborhood. Oh, try to keep rabbits off your property, too. In the movie, it was the rabbit that really started all the trouble in the first place.


Tarantula (1955)

Tarantula (1955)


Here’s good advice for scientists who want to test their new product on Mexican red rump tarantulas – DON’T! Otherwise, you’re going to have to deal with a gargantuan arachnid with an even bigger appetite, a disgruntled laboratory assistant who you happened to “accidentally” inject the drug with, and the authorities (an inquisitive doctor in the movie’s case). In case you decide to go through with the testing anyway, make sure you have your own jet squadron and a good supply of napalm at hand.


Earth V.S. The Spider (2001)



Ever wondered what it would be like if Spider-man’s mutation went wrong? This film lets you catch a glimpse of that horrible scenario. Not a remake of the 1858 film of the same name, Earth V.S. The Spider centers on a typical guy with dreams of being a superhero and getting the girl of his dreams. Along the way, he injected himself with a serum that gave him spider-like characteristics such as enhanced strength, the ability to shoot out web and an insatiable hunger which would drive him to murder. Eventually his mutation completely transformed him into a monster and … well, we’ll let you figure out what happens next.


Thank goodness these vicious bugs only exist in films! But if they do happen in real life, you’ll know who to call right? Hinthint.