Emerald Dove encounter and eyelids

on 11th October 2010

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS visited the Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia on 16th September 2010 and encountered the Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica indica). He is sure that there are at least five adults and that the Emerald Dove is slowly but surely proliferating in this forest.

He has often encountered these doves flying swiftly down a trail or more commonly pecking on the ground next to a stream.

“I am always amazed at what these ground feeding doves thrive on (above left). Tiny morsels seem to sustain them and keep them fat – my wife and I think they live on sunshine and fresh air!” muses Amar.

The preening picture of the dove (above right) was taken with flash, exposed only twice, as the location was very dark. Note the left eye. The lower eyelid has been raised more than half way up and is made up of two distinct parts. Check out the earlier post of the Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis) and compare the eyelids.

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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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