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Siberian Thrush

on 10th January 2017

“More from my early Christmas this year. Saw a number of thrushes feeding on the Ficus benjamina, not by taking fallen fruit but by climbing the tree.

Siberian Thrush
Siberian Thrush

“The two species I am sure of are the Siberian Thrush (Zoothera sibirica) (above) and the Eyebrowed Thrush (Turdus obscurus).

Siberian Thrush feeding
Siberian Thrush feeding

“While the Eyebrowed Thrush is documented to take figs from trees, regarding the Siberian Thrush Wells 2007 notes ‘there are hardly any records of Siberian Thrushs taking figs’. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (Collar 2016) on Siberian Thrushs states ‘Commonly terrestrial, but sometimes visits fruiting trees’.

Siberian Thrush showing the olive brown edging of the under tail coverts
Siberian Thrush showing the olive brown edging of the under tail coverts

“Wells also notes visiting other fruits trees (berries). I have usually encountered the Siberian Thrush in montane regions. I saw at least 2 this season, one female (posted here, consider a 1st winter as suggestion of a gape?) and one 1st winter male (limited images). Both were seen taking fruit actively from the Ficus benjamina tree. Figs were swallowed whole and not processed or crushed.”

Siberian Thrush - underside of wing, while preening
Siberian Thrush – underside of wing, while preening

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
23rd & 24th December 2016

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Trail along primary jungle

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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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