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Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush and Poikilospermum suaveolens

on 11th June 2012

Further to our earlier post on the epiphytic climber Poikilospermum suaveolens (Family: Urticaceae) attracting leafbirds and sunbirds LINK, Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS has added the Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush (Garrulax mitratus) as another bird feeding on the flowers for the nectar they contain.

The above image was taken at 1,600m ASL in Gunung Brinchang, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia on 21st July 2009. Two Chestnut-capped Laughingthrushs were feeding as part of a of bird wave/mixed foraging party comprising Black-throated Sunbirds (Aethopyga saturata wrayi), two (a pair) White-throated Fantail (Rhipidurakalbicollis), five or six Mountain Fulvettas (Alcippe peracensis), a Silver-eared Mesias (Leiothrix argentauris tahanensis), two Yellow-breasted Warbler (Seicercus montis davisoni), etc.

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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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