An injured Lesser Green Leafbird

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I saw this injured or disabled young male Lesser Green Leafbird (Chloropsis cyanopogon) some distance up. It had lost the ability to use the left leg and as such could not perch appropriately.

It adapted by fluttering and dropping from branch to branch, opening it wings to catch itself on branches, hence seen in awkward postures.

It still managed to feed on the fruit of the Buchanania arborescens (Gooseberry Tree or Sparrow’s Mango).

It was too high for me to consider a rescue/support of any sorts. Hope it makes it.

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr) ­- Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Fringe of primary jungle

Date: 6th December 2018

Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, handheld

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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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