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Jungle Babblers drying in the sun

on 14th July 2019

“I was surprised to find there were no Jungle Babblers posted about on the Bird Ecology Study Group site.

Jungle Babbler (Photo: Shantanu Kuveskar, Wikimedia Commons).

“In the video below, three Satbhais (Jungle Babbler, Turdoides striata) have had a bath and are drying themselves in the late winter sun on the Anwala (Indian Gooseberry) tree in our garden.

“The Jungle Babbler is found in the Indian subcontinent. They are gregarious birds that forage in small groups of six to ten birds, a habit that has given them the popular name of “Seven Brothers”.

“It is a noisy bird, and the presence of a flock may generally be known at some distance by the harsh mewing calls, continual chattering, squeaking and chirping produced by its members.

Wikipedia says that females tend to leave their natal group after about two years – this seems unusual to me, as all birds I have read of so far, leave their parents as adults in only a few weeks.”

Anjana Mehta
Rajasthan, India
9th May 2019

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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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