Blue-throated Bee-eater – adult with beak issues

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“Saw a pair of adult Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis viridis) in the city, one of which had beak damage (below).

BeeEaterBlTh-bill [AmarSingh]

“The terminal point of both mandibles is broken off, especially the lower mandible. I have seen this occasionally in bee-eaters and suspect it is a result of nest building activities. In the first stage of nest building, the birds ‘hurl’ or launch themselves at the ground/slope surface to create a depression. This may cause trauma if a hard location is accidentally chosen.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
3rd June 2017

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Urban environment

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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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