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Long-tailed Shrikes and fledglings

on 3rd December 2010

Francis Yap a.k.a. fryap encountered a pair of adult Long-tailed Shrikes (Lanius schach) with a fledgling in a small Guiana chestnut tree (Pachira aquatica) in the Housing Development Board heartland. One of the adults had a prey that it was dismantling, stuffing pieces in its mouth (above). Once the prey had been totally dismantled and stored in its mouth, it started feeding the fledgling.

The fledgling was observed handling pieces of dried leaves with its bill and toes, no doubt practicing basic prey catching techniques (above).

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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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2 Responses

  1. I have noticed LT Shrikes taking up residence around the inner HDB parks in Tampines. Seems they are comfortable with humans.

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