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Friday, October 20, 2006

Anting by an albino Javan Myna

Anting by an albino Javan Myna

We have earlier reported on anting by Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus), Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) and also by Blue-crowned Hanging Parrots (Loriculus galgulus).

In May 2006 Angie Ng observed a Javan Myna anting at the carpark of the Singapore Botanic Gardens (SBG). However, the myna she saw was an albino juvenile.

As Angie recounts: “I think it was a myna; it was with another normal myna. Saw them playing under one of the trees in the upper carpark in SBG. They shied away when I approached them; then when I went closer, I saw the kerengga ants (Oecophylla smaragdina) and guessed they were anting.” In the meantime Steven Chong sent in this account: "...I was at Nature's Niche, SBG Saturday weekend 30.10.06 around 2.45 pm when I heard this commotion outside the bookshop..." He went outside to investigate and saw the albino myna grabbing a morsel from the 6-8 other normal mynas, to return to the same spot soon after, "standing behind the aircon compressors behind Nature's Niche, as shown in the pix (above), again by itself, but it had dropped the morsel. I didn't think it ate anything, just gazing at what it fought so hard to get at....probably also just realising it couldn't eat what looked hard and non edible. I showed the pix to Morten Strange who was in the bookstore and he commented that this was one of the two albino siblings that grew up around SBG and apparently doesn't get along with the rest of its 'family'."

Input by Angie Ng and Steven Chong; images by Angie (top) and Steven (bottom).



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