Jungle Myna – Cattle Egret association with water buffalo

An adult Jungle Myna (Acridotheresfuscus torquatus) and a non-breeding Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis coromandus) were seen with a juvenile water buffalo by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS on 29th December 2009 (above). The location was around the ex-mining pools in Gua Tempurung, Gopeng, Perak, Malaysia.

These birds followed the water buffalo as the latter moved through low vegetation, disturbing insects along the way. The birds then pounced on the exposed insects. The myna was also observed inspecting the ear, nose and head of the buffalo, apparently searching for insects (left).

Cattle egret is so-called because of its association with cattle. An earlier post shows a similar association between a Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus) and a foraging pig.

In Singapore, Javan Mynas are commonly seen around grasscutters. They also follow rubbish trucks.

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