Red-whiskered Bbulbul challenges a Common Myna

on 24th February 2018

Lakshmi Ravishankar shares her 2016 video clip showing a Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus) challenging a Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis).

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The Common Myna was feeding on a hanging pan feeder (above) while the Red-whiskered Bulbul was looking on from above.

In two instances the bulbul audaciously tried to drive away the myna and have the feeder all to itself. Both times failed with the bulbul ending up on the parapet eyeballing the myna.

The third time the bulbul landed on the feeder… (below).

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…and confronted the myna (below).

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The bulbul won the staring match but fell off the feeder. The myna fed rapidly for a few seconds and flew off. The bulbul returned to the feeder for its turn at the food without being interrupted by the myna. Once the bulbul had its full, it left the feeder and the myna returned. Seeing this the bulbul flew in to confront the myna once again…

Lakshmi Ravishankar
Pune, India
2nd February 2018

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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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