Courtship of Spotted Doves and an intruding Javan Myna

on 23rd March 2012

“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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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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