Bird feeding frenzy on Alate Termites

on 23rd May 2014

“Was out cycling with my wife when we spotted a feeding frenzy of birds on alate termites. This is not an uncommon occurrence and I have seen numerous episodes. [See video of a termite hatch HERE.]

“Despite the limited lighting we decided to try and document the behaviour with some images; I always carry a smaller lens with me.

“The birds seen feeding today include: Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) (top); Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis) (above); Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis); Pied Triller (Lalage nigra) (below)…

“…Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) (below); Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica); and I was unsure about the Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis).

“In the past I have also seen the following birds feeding on these swarming termites: Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis), Oriental Magpie-robin (Copsychus saularis), White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis), Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica), Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense), Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis), Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus), Asian Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis) and Green-billed Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus tristis).”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
19th April 2014

Location: Ipoh City, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Urban residential environment
Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

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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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