Blue-tailed Bee-eaters sunning or enjoying the drizzle?

on 26th February 2010

“There was a light drizzle around my area this afternoon. Bee-eaters frequent my place at this time of year and I found two of them very funnily ‘frozen’ on an aerial attenaa, with tail feathers and wings spread out. Was wondering if they were taking in the drizzle?” wrote Meibao on 10th February 2010.

Were the Blue-tailed Bee-eaters (Merops philippinus) enjoying the drizzle? Most probably they were simply sunning themselves during the slight drizzle. These birds are fond of spreading their wings and tail feathers to expose them to the sun as a form of feather maintenance.

Februare 2010

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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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