A simple feeder for the Spotted Dove

on 12th October 2008


Opel Mok saw through the nesting of a pair of Spotted Doves (Streptopelia chinensis) on a pot of mint plant in his porch (1, 2). Weeks after the chicks fledged, the adults returned with their fledglings to the nesting area, much to the delight of Opel and his wife. So they left food for the birds to feed on.

Opel subsequently constructed a crude feeder made from an old soft drink bottle glued to a base (below left) and filled with a commercial bird feed (left; below centre) that cost him S$1.50 per packet. This worked fine and the returning birds had a constant supply of feed (below right). In fact the birds ate and ate, finishing a bottle within two days… and in the process messed up the place… and left Opel annoyed.

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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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