Cattle Egret – breeding plumage

on 9th July 2017

“Most of the Cattle Egrets (Bubulcus ibis coromundus) in the city are in some stage of breeding plumage.

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“About 10% are in prime breeding stage like the bird above – the yellow facial skin has turned purple-pink, the proximal half of the bill become rich orange-red, the iris blood red (peak change), pink legs, orange plumage over head, neck and back.

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“Above shows the pink legs; note the skink prey in the beak.

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“The remainder were as birds in above and below – orange plumage over head, neck and back but with black legs, yellow iris and orange-yellow beaks.

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Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
13th May 2017

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: City, urban environment

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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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