“..we are not alone in looking for a cool drink on a hot day. I was on my motorbike that day, stationary at a traffic light when I observed a myna dashed under a taxi that just stopped as it left the pickup up point of a shopping mall.
“I was wondering what kind of live animal or insect might have gone under the car and the bird seemingly intend on chasing a meal to the extent of ignoring traffic.
“In approximately 10 seconds, my question was answered. Drops of water fell from the bottom of the taxi and the bird was lapping up the water the moment it hit the ground.
“Its behaviour showed that, this is not the first time it has been doing this and it pays more attention to cabs, knowing that they are more likely to have water condensing on their air-conditioning pipes due to wear and tear on their insulation layers.
“So far I have only observed this behaviour in mynas. The only other smart birds around are the crows but they don’t seem so desperate for a free cold drink.
“Unfortunately I was not able to take out my phone and take a shot of the bird in action.”
3rd February 2013
Image of mynas at the Singapore Botanical Gardens by YC Wee.