Male and female Silver-eared Mesia

on 13th February 2010

The Silver-eared Mesia (Leiothrix argentauris tahanensis) is a common resident of Peninsular Malaysia’s montane forests.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS was at 1,600m a.s.l. in Gunung Brinchang, Cameron Highlands on 27th January 2010 when he became fascinated with these birds.

“The Silver-eared Mesias are … very sociably (usually in a group) and quite friendly. They are delightful to watch, and one of the most colorful,“ wrote Amar. “This female (above right) was just in the right lighting, making photography ideal. She was foraging in a bush with six others just below me in a ravine. The female is generally ‘duller’ with less bright colors, more yellow than orange and has golden or tawny yellow upper tail coverts – red in males (above left).

“Have attached males from last year for comparison. The second picture is a male either moulting or a juvenile transforming to adult male plumage (subadult). Notice the red upper and under tail coverts.”

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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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