Adult myna bird abandoned disturbed nest with chick

on 23rd May 2019

“Whilst repairing my roof, a myna bird’s nest with a baby bird was brought down and I relocated it at a high place away from the rain. Seemed the mother came back and abandoned the nest. Mynas are indeed fussy birds.”

Allan Teo
18th May 2019

NOTE: We would expect the adults to locate the displaced nest and care for the chicks. However, could the nest in a new location confuse the adults? Views from readers are welcome…

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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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One Response

  1. Most birds, not just mynas, will abandon nest and chick if there is human scent. That is why it is advisable to use gloves or a cloth when reinstating a fallen chick back into a nest and why no nest should be touched by us.

    To relocate a myna nest from a roof (normal location) to a tree (not a normal myna location)…..abandonment was almost certain to happen.

    Best to seek advise before doing anything.

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