forest and other birds
The mangrove forest is inhabited by a variety of small birds.
One of these mangrove
forest birds, the Pied fantail, flits about in the underbrush, fanning out
its white under-tail feathers.
Size: 18 cm
As their name suggests,
tailorbirds build their nest by sewing large leaves together with spider
silk. The Ashy tailorbird occurs mostly in the mangrove habitat.
Size: 12 cm
It inserts its long,
curved beak into the centre of blossoms, and extracts the nectar with its
long tongue. It will also take insects. Sunbirds are sexually dimorphic,
the males tending to be brightly-coloured in contrast to the plain females.
Size: 14 cm
While both fantail and tailorbird are insectivorous, the Copper-throated
sunbird feeds largely on nectar.
A number of birds that are common in housing estates and public parks also
frequent the mangroves.
Size: 25 cm
of such familiar species include the Javan myna and the House crow.
Opportunistic feeders like these are probably attracted by the abundance
of marine organisms on the mud, and to rubbish trapped among the mangrove
root system and on the mudflats.
waterhen is characteristic of freshwater ponds and marshes, but it often
wanders into the mangroves where its distinct croaking calls may be heard.
Its chicks, however, are black in colour.
Size: 33 cm
to mangrove birds