Chestnut-winged Babbler – feeding in seeding bamboo

“Taking a break from the Mugimaki Flycatchers (Ficedula mugimaki) to share this babbler.

“Saw a pair (possibly same one) of Chestnut-winged Babbler (Stachyris erythroptera erythroptera) on three separate days feeding at the seeding bamboo thicket but had no opportunity for good observations until today.

“They come very early to feed and I managed to get there by 7.30am today. Also managed to follow them foraging into other parts of the jungle, often high up in trees looking for invertebrates in folded leaves, hanging dead branches and vines.

“In the bamboo it explored the junction between stems, prised open bamboo sheaths by openings it beak within, as well as explored the seeds for insects.:

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
4th December 2015

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: A ‘damaged’ trail along primary jungle

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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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