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BAYA WEAVERS – FEEDING ON GRASS SEEDS

on 18th January 2013

“On the evening of 8th December 2012, a flock of Baya Weavers (Ploceus philippinus) was frolicking among the dense labyrinth of Feathery Pennisetum grass (Pennisetum polystachion, family Poaceae) in Perak, Peninsular Malaysia. They were preoccupied with frenzied feeding of the abundant grass seeds on the long stalks. The males were readily recognised by their yellow caps (above).

“The head of the female lacked such attractive colouration (above).

“There was a brief pause in their feeding activity when a Crested Serpent-Eagle (Spilornis cheela) flew overhead.

“There was a brief pause in their feeding activity when a Crested Serpent-Eagle (Spilornis cheela) flew overhead.

“Brief video clips of their feeding behaviour may be previewed at above and below.”

Subaraj Rajathurai & Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
Singapore
19th December 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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