“This man, a nature lover, has kept dozens of dogs, cats and birds in his house. An intensely private person whom I have known for many years, it is only recently that he allowed me to take pictures of him feeding a wild Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus) off his hand (above). Yes wild, as this male bird has a nest with chicks under the tiles of his roof.
“The male flew down when he whistled. He took the offerings of meal worms back up to its nest. And this was repeated a number of times until the cup he was holding was emptied.
“The female myna would also respond to his call, but would not perch on the cup in his hand to take the offerings. Only when they are thrown a short distance away would she take the worms.
“Besides this myna, a family of White Breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus ) would also respond to his daily call and comes out from the jungle to accept his offerings of meal worms.
“So I guess if one is persistent enough, one could get the confidence of a wild bird to come and feed off ones’ hand.”
11th October 2011