Orange-headed Thrush

on 1st April 2009

“The Orange-Headed Thrush (Zoothera citrina) has been a regular visitor to our backyard for some years now. It is until recently that this forest floor dwelling omnivorous bird gained exposure in our local community, probably attributed to heightened knowledge in wild life of our general population.

“Although the bird spent most of its time foraging for insects, earthworms and fruits in the shady confines of the forest, it does manifest itself briefly in the open to bath. Interestingly, it exhibits predictable bathing patterns, that appear to recover even after repeated exposure to human activities.

“Albeit shy by nature, this thrush demonstrated high tolerance for human presence. On a good day, the bird will make two trips to its bathing ground, mostly localized to evening period.

“Shown above, thrush observing vicinity before bathing and insert, post bathing posture under natural light conditions.”

Dr Jeff Lim
24th February 2009

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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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