This evening, I noticed a lone Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus) perching on the railing of my neighbour’s verandah enjoying the slight drizzle.
The myna remained where it was for about 3 minutes soaking in the rain drops. At time it bowed its head a few times as is characteristic of these mynas, fluffing its feathers and shaking its body to get rid of excessive water. It also made its call. All the time its crest was erect – see video below.
An earlier post on the Pink-necked Green-pigeon (Treron vernans) exposing itself to light rain LINK, received a comment by aviculturist Lee Chiu San that seed-eating doves prefer to bathe in dust or to sun themselves to rid their feathers of mites, etc., than bathe in water. Also, many species of fruit-eating pigeons like to take showers in the rain for the same purpose. See also HERE.
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS in his 1st November 2016 post describes how Pink-necked Green-pigeons braved a tropical storm, not a drizzle mind you, perched on the branches of a tree. He further supplies an academic article on Rain-bathing by Pigeons that can be accessed HERE.
But I suppose Javan Mynas are not doves and pigeons. They do take baths in water.
15th April 2018