THE pair of adult hoopoes (Upupa epops) and their chicks at Taiping Lake Gardens have left the grounds.
Having made the lake gardens their temporary home since April, the adult birds had hatched a total of six chicks and all had left their nest in mid-July.
Taiping Municipal Council president Khairul Amir Mohamad Zubir said the second batch of three fledglings were spotted between July 2 and 4.
“Prior to leaving Taiping, the fledglings were flying around with their parents in search of food.
“All eight birds can no longer be seen at the lake gardens,” he said.
The adult migratory birds were first spotted in early April and nested in a tree at the lake gardens.
The first batch of three young birds flew out of their nest between May 14 and 17.
The adult birds were then seen mating between the middle of May and June and returned to the same nest to breed.
Khairul Amir said the peaceful surroundings at the lake gardens, especially during the movement control order, had been a blessing in disguise for nature.
“We had expected the birds to leave Taiping but they surprisingly stayed on.
“During the hatching period for the second batch, Taiping Zoo and Night Safari staff had to constantly monitor the surrounding area to ensure the nest was safe,” he said.
“We want to thank Nature Educational Society, Taiping Birding Community and the Wildlife and National Parks Department for their cooperation throughout both breeding processes,” he added.
Khairul Amir said a technical report and documentation of data on the birds were expected to be ready within two months.
“We are still gathering and updating our data.
“We hope the lake gardens will continue to be a habitat for local and migratory birds to stop by and breed,” he said, stressing that the sustainability of the lake gardens would always be preserved.
“We hope the lake gardens will continue to be a tourist attraction and a suitable habitat for all flora and fauna,” he added.