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Java Sparrow

on 30th April 2018

“There are 5 sites I am aware of in the city where these localised community of feral Java Sparrows (Lonchura oryzivora) breed. Numbers of birds continue to be small and fragile. Three of the sites are in proximity to limestone outcroppings, which appears locally to be their favoured nesting location; small cavities or holes in cliff side. However 2 of the sites do not have limestone or buildings nearby that they can use.

“I have always suspected they use hollows in old trees or holes made by woodpeckers or barbets.

“I saw pair that were using a large hollow in an old Angsana tree (Pterocarpus indicus). Saw both birds enter the cavity which I suspect is quite deep.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
15th April 2018

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Secondary growth on fringe of city

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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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