Courtship of Spotted Doves and an intruding Javan Myna

“The Javan Mynas (Acridotheres javanicus) are such aggressive creatures. They fight among themselves frequently, and even harass the much bigger Clouded Monitor.

“I have a video record of a Javan Myna breaking up a pair of Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis) engaging in what looked like a courtship session (above). The former was seen at the beginning of the video nearby at the top right corner of the screen when it got attracted to the “commotion”. It came in between the pair and broke them up for no apparent reason. Or was it an act of chivalry to protect the presumed female from the aggressor?

“The video was recorded in the morning on 26 Apr 2011 around the swimming pool area in my condo. The birds you hear in the background were caged.

“Incidentally, I have another video of another instance of Spotted Doves apparently in courtship behaviour (above).

“This video was edited from clips recorded in the evening on 25 Jan 2011 also around the swimming pool area in my condo.”

Sun Chong Hong
27th February 2012

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