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Scaly-breasted Munias feeding on seeds of Tridax procumbens

on 10th May 2011

On 27th March 2011, Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS documented adult Scaly-breasted Munias (Lonchura punctulata) feeding on the seeds of Coat Buttons (Tridax procumbens). The photograph was taken in an urban garden in the Malaysian city of Ipoh in the state of Perak.

According to Amar, “Not seen this reported in literature as source of food. Tridax procumbens is known for its healing properties and unsure if birds recognise this at an innate level.”

Tropical American in origin, it has been introduced to many tropical, subtropical and mild temperate regions of the world as an ornamental plant. In many areas of the world it has proven to be an invasive weed. In the US for example, it is considered a noxious weed and categorised as a pest in a number of states.

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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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