Asian Glossy Starling: Learning experience

on 15th June 2008

Recently fledged birds need to learn how to fly. They also need to learn from their parents how to forage for food as well as what food are edible. This may take days or even weeks. Fledglings also learn to sing from hearing songs made by the adults.

Thus removing a chick that has been displaced from its nest and looking after it may not be the best thing for it. Away from its parents, the chick may not be able to face life when released into the wild: see HERE.


The above learning process are relatively well known to most but collecting nesting materials?


Well, ender has recently observed documented an inexperienced Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis) collecting what looks like a leaf to line its nesting cavity at the top of the nibong poles at Changl boardwalk (above).

Being inexperienced, the bird keep on dropping th nesting materials many times before reaching the nesting site. This is probably the first time this bird is preparing its nest.

Another learning experience…

This post is a cooperative effort between and BESG to bring the study of bird behaviour through photography to a wider audience.

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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