Yellow-vented Bulbul: Fledging moment

on 27th June 2009

Mike Tan a.k.a. woof reported a failed nesting of the Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) last year. But in May this year he had better luck. Two chicks successfully fledged and he was there to document this important moment.

One of the chicks hopped out of the nest and perched on a nearby branch (above left). It flapped its wings but did not take off. This was repeated several times. The chick was still not ready to leave and returned to the nest to join its sibling and one of the parents (above right).

The chicks were fed after which the parent waited for the faecal sack to emerge from the vent, picked it up and disposed of it away from the nest (above left). Then, one of the chicks finally fledged (above right).

Images by Mike Tan.

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

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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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