Eurasian Tree Sparrow and cockscomb

on 10th December 2009

Amy Sobrielo read our earlier post on the disappearing Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) and wrote, “…you’d like to know that they came to my balcony regularly for about three weeks not because we are of the same race… but because my cockscomb (Celosia argentea) plants were all seeding and they love eating the small seeds.”

This sparrow is a generalist, taking whatever it can find. As far as is known, seeds of the coxcomb is a new food source for the record. The cockscomb is a herbaceous plant, a pantropical weed of waste lands. Two commonly cultivated forms are variety plumosa with plumed flowering head (above) and variety cristata with wavy crests of fused flowering stalks.

Image by YC Wee.

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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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2 Responses

  1. Forgot to tell you that I think my plants are the cristata … red, fan- shaped blooms, the red part really looks like a cock’s comb. When it seeds and you let the flower age without cutting it away, it really seeds profusely.

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