Two Javan Mynas bullying another

on 4th December 2017

MynaJ-fight [KCTsang]

KC Tsang encountered a pair of Javan Mynas (Acridotheres javanicus) bullying another at Pasit Ris Park on 20th October 2017. It was a fierce fight, accompanied by loud cries and screams.

MynaJ-fight [KCTsang]

“Bullying or attacks on another myna whether it is an outsider intruding into the territory of another or for whatever reason can be quite brutal in the context of the myna environment.

MynaJ-fight [KCTsang]

“As in my photo documentation of the event, one can see how two mynas holding down the victim while the other continues pecking it.

MynaJ-fight [KCTsang]

“Two of them viciously pecking the other on the victim head, and chest.

MynaJ-fight [KCTsang]

“While a little later one of the myna clamped on the legs of the victim preventing it from escaping while the other myna was free to continue its pecking attacks (above).”

Javan Mynas are quarrelsome birds. Often they fight amidst loud noises as can be experienced in Sun Chong Hong’s video clip above.

KC Tsang
1st December 2017

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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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