Java Sparrow – juveniles

on 29th March 2019

“I am not always sure if birds that visit the Malayan Mistletoe (Dendrophthae pentandra) feed on it. In the past I have observed Java Sparrows (Lonchura oryzivora) feed on grass seeds, grass stems and bamboo seeds.

Juvenile #1

“Today I saw a family group of 2 adults and 5 juveniles visit the Malayan Mistletoe. They seemed keen to feed but I suspect my presence deterred them, despite my backing off to provide them space.

Juvenile #2

“In the past I have observed Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus infortunatus) feeding on fruit and nectar. Hence, I suspect Java Sparrow may do the same.

Juvenile #3

“Wells (2007) states that fledging brood sizes are unreported in the region. In the past I reported a brood of 3. Today I saw a brood of 5.

Juvenile #4

“I managed to image 4 of the juveniles. Note that 2 of the juveniles were more brown (#1-2) and the other 2 more grey (#3-4). This was not due to lighting or image processing. Note that the adult white cheeks are still not well developed (brownish) and that the eye ring is still a pale brown-pink.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
21st August 2018

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Secondary growth at city fringe

Wells, D.R., 2007. The birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsular. Vol. II, Passerines. Christopher Helm, London. 800 pp.

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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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