Yellow-vented Bulbul: Food for the chicks

on 28th January 2012

An earlier post documented the different foods a pair of adult Yellow-vented Bulbuls (Pycnonotus goiavier) brought to the nest to feed the chicks LINK. Samson Tan’s observations made in March 2010 complement the earlier post LINK.

“Yellow-vented bulbul is one of the most common bird in Singapore. Even though it is so common, not many people have the chance to see how it feeds its chicks and what it feeds them with. As with many other birds, seeds of Dillenia suffruticosa or commonly known as simpoh air is one of the main source of food for the chicks (above left), wrote Samson. “Spiders have been sighted quite regularly too. At times the bulbul ‘hijack’ the food from spiders. This bee was strangled on spiders web when it was fed to the chick (above right).”

Other foods brought to the chicks include alate termites (above left), dragonflies (above right) and damselflies.

Samson Tan
January 2012

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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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