Javan Myna clinging onto a tree trunk

on 30th November 2010

An earlier post showed a Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradisus platurus) clinging onto a trunk of a tree in the manner of a woodpecker.

Lena Chow now has images showing a Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus) doing just what the drongo was doing. In the case of the myna, it did not use its tail for balance as seen in the drongo.

“It just holds onto the trunk with its claws while pecking away (above left), flapping its wings (above right) and perching again to move up and down the trunk,” wrote Lena. “The tree was too far away to see what it was feeding on, but probably ants…”

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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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