Brown-throated Sunbird – juvenile feet

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SunbirdBrTh-jv feet [AmarSingh]

“When birds are happy to get near, I am happy to document.

“The feet of a juvenile, most likely female, Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis malacensis) – anisodactyl structure.

SunbirdBrTh-jv feet [AmarSingh]

“A ‘booted’ appearance.”

Note: According to Erritzoe et al. (2007), a bird having three toes facing forward and one backward is termed anisodactylous. This is contasted to zygodactylous where digits one and four are directed backwards and digits two and three forward.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Location: Canning Garden Home, Ipoh City, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Urban environment

Erritzoe, J., K. Kampp, K. Winker & C. B. Frith, 2007. The ornithologist’s dictionary. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. 290 pp.

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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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