Blue-throated Bee-eaters mobbing monitor lizard

on 28th May 2018

Recently a large Malayan Water Monitor (Varanus salvator) trespassed into an area in Punggol where a group of Blue-throated Bee-eaters (Merops viridis) were nesting.

This triggered more than 10 bee-eaters mobbing the lizard.

The attack was so fast and furious that this second largest lizard in the world ran away, chased by the tiny bee-eaters.

Indeed it was an amazing experience to witness the collective effort of the birds attacking the lizard continuously until the latter left the area.

After all, the lizard posed a danger to the eggs and/or birdlings that may be in the nests, not to mention the adult birds themselves.

It truly shows the Greatness and Power of Parental Love.

Dick Tan
23rd May 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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