The Pacific Swallow aka House Swallow

on 6th October 2015

“On the afternoon of 5th September 2015 I was at Singapore’s Chinese Garden where I encountered two unusual but attractive black birds. I failed to identify these birds at that moment but managed to photograph them.

“The birds perched on a steel fence about 3-4 m apart. One, on my left was facing left (PS1: above-left) and the other on my right was facing me (PS2: above-right).

“I wanted to take a picture of both together but could not. They were too far apart. I was about 5m-6m in front of the two.

“So I decided to take one at a time. It was a difficult decision to make as I was very excited. I had to decide which one to take first, before both fly away in the next few seconds.

“I quickly took a picture of PS1 first, it then flew away.

“I followed by quickly taking video of PS2. Very pleased to have captured PS2, preening and tweeting very softly. Its a one and a half minutes video. There were sounds of other birds singing and some people around talking loudly.

“The video clips are shown below:

“I think the two are a pair, PS1 male and PS2 female Pacific (House) Swallow (Hirundo tahitica abbot). Can someone please confirm? Apologies – the videos were not captured in a landscape mode.”

Samantha Leow
7th September 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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