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Participant in a mixed foraging party… Green Iora

on 27th August 2018
Female Green Iora with caterpillar.

“This Green Iora (Aegithina viridissima viridissima) is not uncommon but hard to observe well, as it is a high canopy species. It only comes lower down when part of mixed foraging party (bird wave) of which it is a common participant in the lowland jungle. A social bird, often found in as a family group or a social group of 5-6 birds.

Female Green Iora with caterpillar.

“The commonest foraging technique is to explore under leaves for caterpillars, other invertebrates and insects. Caterpillars are the commonest prey I have seen taken (numerous observations) but winged insects and spiders are readily accepted.

Male Green Iora with winged insect.

“It will also eat fruit especially that of the Common Mahang (Macaranga bancana).

Male Green Iora.

“With caterpillars, they are often well processed and branch swiped.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
16th August 2018

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Forest reserve/primary jungle

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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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