Juvenile Asian Glossy Starlings bathing then preening…

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During most hot evenings numerous Asian Glossy Starlings (Aplonis panayensis) will gather in the Pink Mempat (Cratoxylum formosum) tree fronting my house. Most of them are juveniles and they arrive at around 1830 hours. They are attracted to the small water fountain in my neighbour’s house.

If the water fountain is turned on, the birds will perch on top of the glass partition to wait their turns at the cool water. After the bath they fly back to the nearby Pink Mempat tree to shake off excess water from their feathers, to preen their feathers or to scratch.

All this time they generate quite a noise with their chatters. By 1900 hours or thereabout they suddenly fly off and quiet returns to the neighbourhood.

YC Wee
Singapore
February 2015

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