Fewer mynahs roosting in Potong Pasir

Some 300 trees in the vicinity that the mynahs roost on are being pruned in stages, said Potong Pasir MP Sitoh Yih Pin. Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong said that besides pruning trees, a longer-term measure is to replace the current t
Some 300 trees in the vicinity that the mynahs roost on are being pruned in stages, said Potong Pasir MP Sitoh Yih Pin. Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong said that besides pruning trees, a longer-term measure is to replace the current trees with types that are less preferred by the birds.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

Birds prompted to move to less inhabited areas after trees that they roost on are pruned

Potong Pasir residents who have had their sleep disrupted by the cacophony of mynahs squawking can rest more soundly now.

The number of Javan mynahs - a non-native, invasive bird species - has dwindled from 2,800 as of the end of last month to about 300 as of Tuesday night, Potong Pasir MP Sitoh Yih Pin told The Straits Times.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 17, 2019, with the headline 'Fewer mynahs roosting in Potong Pasir'. Print Edition | Subscribe