Oriental Honey-buzzard mobbed

on 12th November 2008

On 8th November 2008, we received a report from Dr Leong Tzi Ming:

“On the morning of 4th November, 2008, I photographed this raptor perched on the rooftop of adjacent houses outside my bedroom window. It was periodically being mocked, dive-bombed and chased by crows.

“After describing it to R Subaraj, he believed it’s most likely to be the Oriental Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhyncus), en route towards the south. I also showed this picture to Morten Strange, who mentioned that it’s a juvenile, possibly heading for Sumatra.”

Oriental Honey-buzzards are common winter visitors and passage migrants to Singapore, especially the subspecies orientalis. These birds arrive as early as 10th September and as late as 22nd May, with most appearing towards the end of the year. Isolated birds may be seen in between this period.

The subspecies torquatus, sporting a prominent long crest, is an uncommon, non-breeding visitor.

Wang, L.K. & C. J. Hails, 2007. An annotated checklist of birds of Singapore. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, Supplement 15: 1-179.

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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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