Breeding display of the Yellow Bittern

on 25th May 2012

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS was at the wetland-paddy field area in south Perak, Malaysia on 11th April 2012 when he encountered an adult male Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis) in full breeding plumage (above). There were two female bitterns in attendance (left, showing one of the two females).

“He positioned himself at the top of the reeds (two females about 3-5 meters away) and I then observed a number of crest-raising displays,” wrote Amar (below). “Note the base of the bill is a little red (recognised in courting). Not only was the crest raised and lowered repeatedly, the neck feathers were also raised/bristled and the neck/throat was puffed out. After a few episodes it took off after a female in flight.”

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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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