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Thirsty birds

on 19th September 2009


Singapore experienced a dry spell recently and the air-condition units in many homes were working overtime. At the same time, the birds were thirsty. And water from any source was welcome by the birds.

The drainage pipe of Johnny Wee’s room air-conditioning unit was dripping droplets of water and this was a welcome source of water for thirsty birds. The female Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis) seen on the left has a drop of water still attached to its throat.

The Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) in the images below show the bird in the act of picking up a water droplet (left). The image on the right shows it with the droplet neatly trapped between its mandibles.

Thanks to R Subaraj for confirming the identification.

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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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