Oriental Magpie Robin courting

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Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS watched a pair of Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis musicus) from his car at the ex-mining pool adjacent to limestone hills and secondary growth in Tambun Interior, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. This was during 30th December 2010 and 1st January 2011.

The pair of birds was courting in the light rain. The male would sing a variety of calls, posture his body and repeatedly fan his tail. The female feigned disinterest. Unfortunately all came to an end when the birds noticed Amar observing them.

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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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