Common Flameback’s mirror confrontation

on 20th April 2009

Mike Koh a.k.a astro08 photographed a male Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense) confronting his image seen from a car side mirror. The bird was visibly agitated as he fought with his virtual rival (above).

Such an incident is pretty common if only one keeps an eye open around cars, as seen from our earlier posts…

1. An Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) in Langkawi, Malaysia, flying from one car to another, admiring himself from the side mirrors… HERE.

2. For more than half an hour, a Ruby-cheeked Sunbird (Anthreptes singalensis), also in Malaysia, was pecking his reflection and jumping around a car side mirror… HERE.

3. In Perth, Australia, a crow was dong the same… HERE.

4. And there is the story from Penang, Malaysia, of a pair of Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pyconontus goiavier) – a male probably, showing off in front of a car mirror to his mate… HERE.

It is always amusing to see such sights. Please send in your encounters with different birds…

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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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