Little Egret breeding in Peninsular Malaysia

on 6th July 2012

“More from this extensive egret breeding site with an excess of 500 birds (hard to estimate upper limit, muddy area and was in my work shoes/clothes). They were Little Egrets (Egretta garzetta), Intermediate Egret (Mesophoyx intermedia) and Cattle Egrets (Bubulcus ibis) nesting together.

“Little Egrets, originally thought not to breed locally, have since been documented breeding a number of times. I have seen this previously, see: LINK.

“Quite a number of them with nests here.

“Top image shows breeding adult in flight. Image below top shows adult developing facial skin breeding plumage (note relatively long beak). Above images show breeding pair at nest (left) and mixed group of nesting Little Egrets with Intermediate Egrets and juveniles (right).”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
South Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Padi fields, extensive wetlands
30th March 2p12

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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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