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In-captivity development of a heron chick – PDF available

on 21st May 2009

Wee, Y. C. & L. K. Wang, 2009. Observations on the in-captivity development of a rescued chick of the striated heron, Butorides striatus (Linnaeus). Nature in Singapore 2: 193-202.

Download PDF HERE.

You may recollect that the chick of the Little Heron (Butorides striatus), also known as Striated Heron, was picked up by a concerned member of the public and handed over to me in November 2007 to care for. If you are interested in the series, click HERE to view the 12th part – where you can locate all the earlier parts. If you are interested in reading the scientific account, get the PDF (see above).

The grown chick was eventually released. There is a good chance that it may have been predated, as the parents were not around to teach it to look for food, to recognise members of its own species, to avoid prey, etc.

When anyone next finds a “helpless” chick wandering on the ground calling for its parents, perhaps the best thing to do is return it to the nest or place it above ground, away from cats and dogs and possibly being trampled by passersby. Its parents will always be around and come to its rescue…

YC Wee
Singapore
May 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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