international tarmac birds

Subject: international tarmac birds
From: John Leonard <>
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2000 09:20:29 +1100
On the way to and from my recent African trip (qv) I observed some
interesting tarmac birds:

at Dubai Airport at 5am I saw a group of 5 Crested Larks feeding on the
tarmac right next to various international flights, heedless of the traffic
and noise;

at Singapore Airport I saw the usual SE Asian urban birds: Eurasian
Tree-sparrows, House Crows, Pacific Swallows, but was delighted to see that
the Mynahs strutting around on the tarmac were JUNGLE Mynahs (slimmer, more
purple than brown, less white in tail, tuft of feathers on the frons).
Presumably the Indian Mynah hasn't reached Singapore yet.

John Leonard

John Leonard (Dr),
PO Box 243,
Woden, ACT 2606,

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