Javan Mynas and wild boars

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Adrian Lim a.k.a. wmw998 was in Muar, Johor, Malaysian late November 2008 when he encountered a pair of wild boars (Sus scrofa).

There was a pair of Javan Mynas (Acridotheres javanicus) foraging together with the pigs. The mynas were even seen perching on the back of the animals, waiting for insects to be displaced by the foraging pigs.

In Singapore we used to see mynas moving with cows, during the days when cows were allowed to wander along the roads of Singapore, to graze on grass growing by the roadside. Then the government threatened to catch these wandering cows and slaughter them, sending the meat to charity homes. Nowadays, these mynas wait around grass cutters for the same reason. And around those who weed their gardens or re-pot their plants.

Image by Adrian Lim.

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

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  1. I’ve seen the wild boars at Chek Jawa moving out to forage on the mudflats to forage at low tide. The mynas follow them, probably to pick up food items that the wild boars manage to dig up.

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