“On January 13th, 2008, John McGeehin, Shamla Subaraj and I spotted an albino Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus) at the main car park of Bukit Batok Nature Park.
“The time was about 5.30 pm and the bird was walking about a grass patch, searching for food. I managed to take a few photos. It was then that I noticed a “normal” Javan Myna foraging close-by. We observed the duo for a while and noticed that they were probably a pair as they kept fairly close to each other while walking around. Not too far away, another pair of “normal” Javan Mynas were also foraging in a similar fashion.
“Nearly a month later, on February 2nd, Huw Penry, Shamla Subaraj and I were about to leave the Bukit Batok car park, at 6.15 pm, when we noticed a flock of Javan Mynas flying across the road. With them was an albino myna, probably the same individual from early January.
“Although albino birds have been encountered from time to time, they usually seem to be on their own and not accepted by the others of their kind. As such, these observations were most interesting. Not only did this albino myna seems to have a normal mate, but it also seems to have been accepted by the rest as it was flying with the flock.”