feb 17 - apr 10 2022
Mynah Appreciation Society Tour
Dates and Times:
17 February, Thursday - 6:30pm
20 February, Sunday - 6:30pm
At 7pm every day, thousands of Javan Mynas descend onto trees along Orchard Road, a major shopping and tourist district in Singapore. They have been the bane of retailers and shoppers for the past few years, dirtying pavements with their droppings and emitting a ferocious noise with their collective squawking.
Great congregations of Javan Mynas are not uncommon in Singapore. A colonising species, the Indonesian bird was first introduced to Singapore as pets in the 1920s. Now they have out-competed its larger relative, the Common Myna, to become the most common bird in Singapore.
In the 1980s, a group of local nature lovers formed the Singapore Javan Mynah Society, hoping to turn the roosting event into a tourist attraction. The society led tours out to Orchard Road to witness the roosting, which they marketed as “a spectacular natural phenomenon in the heart of the city that is unique in the world”.
The Javan Mynah Society would be offering visitors a photo opportunity with the famous Orchard Road Mynas.