Javan Myna stealing food

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There is a cluster of mature MacArthur Palms (Ptychosperma macarthurii) at the back of my kitchen planted by my back neighbour. It is a delight to watch birds flock to them when they are in fruits LINK 1; LINK 2. A family of Javan Mynas (Acridotheres javanicus) has even been nesting under the roof of another back neighbour LINK. So there are plentiful birds behind my house.

Unfortunately for me, the Javan Mynas have now discovered another food source – my kitchen (above). Since a few months ago I have found them entering my kitchen to steal food. I have to keep the window and door closed whenever there is food lying in the kitchen and no one is around. Otherwise the mynas would help themselves to the food.

Previously the Long-tailed Macaques (Macaca fascicularis) used to roam the area and sneak into homes to pinch food. However, they have since been rounded up and relocated elsewhere. The macaques have now been replaced by mynas. I am sure others are also experiencing such bold moves by these very common mynas. I would love to hear of their experience.

YC Wee
Singapore
25th May 2018

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3 Responses

  1. YC: The next creature that will be sneaking into your kitchen fridge for the cans of cold TIGER is an old neighbour, an old guy who used to live higher up Sian Tuan Avenue….!
    Remember to keep your kitchen fridge securely chained & padlocked. Ha ha!!

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  2. I will take note and also remove cans of tiger from the fridge.

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  3. That would be a waste of good beer. Why not let the old guy drink them up & he will donate the empty cans to the Bangla workers for recycling. That would certainly be a Win:Win situation for both…

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