Lesser Coucal sunning

on 16th June 2010

“Sunning is a behaviour believed to help birds keep their feathers in good shape and free of parasites. The fascinating images of Blue-Throated Bee-Eaters (Merops viridis) sunning in different postures have been posted recently. Attached are images of a Lesser Coucal (Centropus bengalensis) sunning itself in the early morning sun. Its posture was different to and not as eccentric as the bee-eaters.

“It was first observed to be sunning its back in an upright position (above left). Later it flapped its wings and lifted itself to the top of the bushes (above right). It laid there with outspread wings and continue with its sun bath (below left). Generally, it remained still except when looking around and preening its feathers (below right). Occasionally, its feathers were ruffled up. Perhaps ruffled feathers will help the ultraviolet rays reach its inner feathers that are normally not exposed for a more effective sun bath.”

Kwong Wai Chong
5th June 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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