Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrushes encounter a lizard

on 16th May 2012

Samson Tan visited Thailand’s Huai Kha Kheang Wildlife Sanctuary in March 2012 and encountered a family of four Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush (Garrulax monileger) basking in the sun (above left). Suddenly a monitor lizard appeared on the scene (above right). The first thing the adults did was to get their young to safety before taking turns mobbing the lizard for the next few minutes (below left). And even after the lizard moved away the family was cautious (above right).

The adults then got the young to move to a high branch before they went to forage (below). Returning with food, the adults started feeding the young (bottom).

The lesson from this episode? “Even the tamest bird can be very aggressive and will not hesitate to protect its chick during nesting period,” wrote Samson. “ So, when you are ‘harassed’ by birds, you might have stepped into their comfort zone of the nesting area. If that happens, just back off and leave the bird alone.”

Samson Tan
May 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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