Javan Munia courtship and feeding

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“On May 25 I captured these images of a pair of Javan Munia (Lonchura leucogastroides) that appeared to be courtship behavior at Hortpark. The males on occasions spread its tail into a fan and tried to get close to the female and the pair would ‘kiss’ [allobilling – see HERE] (below left). Both also took turns to consume significant amount of freshwater algae [Spirogyra? see HERE] from a fish tank (above right; below right). There is no difference in appearance between the sexes, except the male seemed to be the active one and the female more passive in these activities.”

Jack Tuen
7th June 2013

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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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