Coppersmith Barbet removing dead chick from nest

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Micky Lim a.k.a. limmick photographed an adult Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala indica) working hard pulling out a dead chick from its nesting hole. He was at Singapore’s Pasir Ris Park on 28th March 2011 when he witnessed the event.

The chick was naked and thus must have hatched only recently – a day or so ago? It must have died a natural death. Is there another chick in the nest?

This post is a cooperative effort between and BESG to bring the study of bird behaviour through photography to a wider audience.

Micky Lim
June 2011

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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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