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Javan Myna with yellow collar

on 5th April 2010

Samson Tan encountered a Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus) with a yellow collar at Singapore’s Dairy Farm area (left) and posted an account in his blog.

Puzzled by this strange colouration of the myna, he returned to the location the next week after a heavy rain. He was pleasantly surprised to see more Javan Mynas with yellow collars.

As many of the mynas were then collecting nectar from the flowers of the African tulip tree (Spathodea campanulata), Samson wondered whether the pollen from these flowers could be the cause.

According to nature consultant R Subaraj, “Based on the sprinkling effect of yellow on the upper breast, I would concur that it is pollen. This could have happened when the myna leaned into the blossom. African tulip blossoms may be the source and it is not the first time that such marks have been seen on Javan Mynas, after they have foraged in the African tulip blossoms.”

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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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