Trapping Oriental White-eye

on 25th September 2011

“Was birding in Bukit Brown this morning and came across this poacher’s bird trap. The idea of the trap is similar to others in this region. Made of chicken wire, stitched together with wire, with a main central compartment for a live bird who would sing its song to attract other birds to its station. As one can see in this picture the lure bird is kept well fed with a quarter of an orange, some bird feed, and three cups of water (above left).

“However over the main compartment is two traps, built like a mouse trap with the wooden perch, a stick on which the in coming bird would perch on thus activating the trap door, closing onto the unsuspecting bird.

“Besides, the trap was hung pretty high, like 30 feet up, if one is not birding than one is sure to miss it.

“The lure bird in question is an Oriental White-eye (Zosterops palpebrosus) (above right).”

KC Tsang
15th Sept 2011

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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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3 Responses

  1. Just a Quote:

    “God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.”

    Jacques Deval

  2. Hope this was reported to the relevant authorities!
    For future reference is there some place we can report to in Singapore….AVA maybe??

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