Three cuckoos in a day

on 8th September 2013

“On a quest for elusive Colonel butterflies in the quiet Kranji countryside last weekend, we picked up the distinctive call of the Rusty-breasted Cuckoo (Cacomantis sepulcralis) nearby and instinctively changed to birding mode…

“Scanning the trees, we saw a female bird which soon disappeared amongst the foliage but still continued to call. On the other side of the path that we were on, we saw an orange-breasted bird which was assumed to be the male Rusty-breasted Cuckoo, until it started to call and told us it was very much a male Plaintive Cuckoo (Cacomantis merulinus) (above video).

“While watching the Plaintive Cuckoo, there was another bird hopping around in the same tree, and to our delight it turned out to be a male Violet Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx xanthorhynchus), and it too started to call! See pic above.

“What an incredibly lucky day for us, not to mention that we also managed to meet three Colonels that morning!”

Lena Chow
28th August 2013

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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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