Javan Myna taking food meant for goldfish

on 26th June 2015

Dr Jean Ho’s video clip shows three Javan Mynas (Acridotheres javanicus) scrambling over food meant for the goldfish in the fish pond.

This is typical Javan Myna behavior. It will take advantage of any food that becomes available under whatever conditions. It will take leftovers from open air cafes, hawker centres and even rubbish dumps and trucks. It follows wild boars and cattle to pick on insects displaced by these animals LINK. In urban areas it follows grass cutters LINK and gardeners for the same reason.

Javan Myna forages around gardens and parks taking flower nectar and fruits from a wide range of plants as well as earthworms and many invertebrates from the ground. It can also be found in the intertidal areas feeding on the marine fauna LINK. It starts its day earlier than most other diurnal birds to feed on roadkill LINK.

Javan Myna is loud, LINK, bold and aggressive LINK.

All these characteristics contribute to the success of the Javan Myna in Singapore.

Dr Jean Ho
June 2015

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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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