Nesting of Spotted Doves outside school hall

on 18th November 2018

“It’s a SUCCESS!! Two young Spotted Dove (Geopelia striata) have hatched outside the school hall on 12 October and flew off from the nest safely on 27 October.

“A short video of the nesting period is given below.

“The Spotted Dove is a small, long-tailed pigeon. This shy dove has a white-spotted black collar patch in the neck. It is commonly seen on the ground of light forests and gardens in urban areas, where it forages for seeds, grains and fallen fruits. Its call will sound like “Krookruk-krukroo… kroo kroo kroo”. It is often found roaming in our parade square while lessons are going on in the classrooms, and flies off with an explosive flutter when disturbed.

“If you see any animal that is sick/injured, in distress, or require wildlife protection, take a clear picture of the animal and report the sighting to the General Office immediately. Ms Lye Zhen Xi and myself will be informed and will respond to the case as we are trained as wildlife rescue volunteers with ACRES.

“I urge everyone of us to keep our school environment clean and free from litter, so that our eco-habitats can be enjoyable for both staff and students, and a safe haven for the wildlife that either visit or reside here.

“Here’s a piece of good news for our school. We managed to protect a nesting site outside our school hall.
A pair of fledglings of the Spotted Dove hatched from the eggs and eventually took off from the nest.

“Let’s make our school a safe haven for wildlife!”

Jacob Tan Guanrui
Senior Teacher (Biology)
Commonwealth Secondary School
2nd November 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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