Courtship of the White-throated Kingfisher

on 1st December 2009

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS sent in his encounter with three male White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) in a courtship display in the presence of a female bird. It was way back on 2nd January 2007 in Ipoh in the Malaysian state of Perak.

“The three male kingfishers were perched high up on electrical (high tension) wires. The three were fighting for the attention of the single female who was perching ‘passively’ nearby, watching the display (above).

“There was some aerial ‘dive bombing’ to displace each other from the higher wires. The males at times would ‘face off’ doing displays in front of each other – perhaps to intimidate the other.”

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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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