Oriental Honey-buzzard Mobbed By House Swallows

on 13th February 2012

“We had just finished our lunch when an Oriental Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhyncus) landed quietly atop a Brown Heart (Andira inermis) outside our apartment. This is one of the winter migrants, besides the Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) and the Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) that come regularly.

“Its peace was broken in no time when it attracted the attention of some House (Pacific) Swallows (Hirundo tahitica) that were foraging in the vicinity. The latter repeatedly swept past threateningly. In one instance the buzzard was seen gaping with the tongue sticking out and nictitating membrane closed as a swallow zoomed past (left).

“After five or six sorties, the buzzard decided that it had had enough of the nuisance and left in a haste.

“Some time ago I had also witnessed some House Swallows mobbing a Peregrine Falcon that was awaiting preys on top of a 25 storey building nearby. These show that these swallows are brave enough to challenge raptors many times their own size.

“Watch the video, recorded on 18 Jan 2012 at about 1 pm, played at half speed with no audio here at the top.”

Sun Chong Hong
30th 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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