Vol 1 No 2
Sep 94


A park for all: objectives of
the park and
about its construction

Homes of
their Own:

the atlas moth
and white-
breasted
waterhen

Research
at the Park:

bird banding,
bird census,
feeding ecology studies

Update on
the study of insectivorous
bats at the Park

Sponsorship towards Nature Conservation and Education
 
Homes of Their Own
at Sungei Buloh

Apart from fish, shellfish and crustaceans which breed in the waters in and around the Park, butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies, moths and resident birds also breed among the vegetation here.

The Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas) lays its eggs on the leaves of the Sea Poison Tree (Barringtonia asiatica).

They hatch into lime green caterpillars which are about 8cm long and these feed on the leaves of the tree. From the pupal stage they turn into attractively patterned adults.

The caterpillars also feed on the leaves of rambutan, guava and citrus. As such, they can be considered a pest. However, they are naturally preyed upon by other insects and birds and form part of the food chain.

Another article about the Atlas Moth (Vol 6 No 1 Apr 99)

Lime green caterpillar

Silky pupa

Handsome adult
Three eggs of the White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus) were rescued after being found abandoned. The eggs were about to hatch and cracks were apparent on the shells. They were artificially incubated and soon hatched into little black chicks with "large feet". The chicks were hand-fed until they could eat on their own. When they were about 3 months old, they were banded and then released into the wild.

White-breasted Waterhen
Initially, they returned daily to seek food, but with time, they made only occasional appearances. If you visit the Park and spot a White-breasted Waterhen with a bright blue band on its leg, you'll have seen one of our very own Park residents—born and bred here!
   
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