• Water(hen) in the (bird) brain

    Water(hen) in the (bird) brain

    “Our good web-master once posted an article of mine on this website about attracting kingfishers to urban gardens LINK. “As a follow-up to that, I decided to do this...

  • The Birds of Singapore – an online book

    The Birds of Singapore – an online book

    In May 1943, GC Madoc published “An Introduction to Malayan Birds.” He wrote his manuscript in Singapore’s Changi Prison where he was interned when the country fell into the...

  • Videocam: A powerful tool for studying birds

    Videocam: A powerful tool for studying birds

    1. Collecting birds: In the 19th century the equipment needed to study birds was the gun. Another skill necessary was a good stuffing technique in order to preserve the specimens....

  • Documenting bird calls and songs

    Documenting bird calls and songs

    Many local birdwatchers are able to recognise the birds behind the songs. However, interest in most cases ends there except for a few who make basic recordings. Erik Mobrand...

  • Should attempts be made to tame wild birds?

    Should attempts be made to tame wild birds?

    The first part of the series by aviculturist Lee Chiu San deals with whether birds can be tamed and whether they will remain tamed. The second part looks at whether it is...

  • Postings your observations and images

    Postings your observations and images

    Why should you post your observations and images? Southeast Asian birds are poorly studied in terms of behaviour and ecology. By posting your observations (and this include...

  • Nature Society: The struggle for Singapore’s nature areas

    Nature Society: The struggle for Singapore’s nature areas

    The above paper has just been published. Nature in Singapore is a peer-reviewed, online journal that publishes articles on the flora and fauna (e.g., biology, botany, zoology,...

Immature Verditer Flycatcher feeding on Common Mahang fruits

02 Aug 2015   in Feeding-plants No Comments »
Contributed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Immature Verditer Flycatcher feeding on Common Mahang fruits “I have been seeing a number of Verditer Flycatchers (Eumyias thalassinus) come to feed on the Common Mahang (Macaranga bancana) fruit over the past 2 weeks. “Usually adults but today an immature. They are hard to capture with fruit in the beak as they fly up suddenly, snatch a fruit, return to new perch and swallow it. Seen numerous episodes over past 2 weeks. Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia 21st July 2015 Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh,... Read More

Birds and rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum) fruits

01 Aug 2015   in Feeding-plants 1 Comment »
Contributed by Johnny Wee
Birds and rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum) fruits During the 2015 Rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum) season, Johnny Wee documented five new species of birds feeding on the fruits in his garden: 1. Blue-crowned Hanging-parrot (Loriculus galgulus) (top, above). This has earlier been reported by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia LINK. 2. Red-breasted Parakeet (Psittacula alexandri) (above). 3. Juvenile Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis) (above). 4. Javan Myna (Acridotheres fuscus) (above). 5.... Read More

SPIDER FEEDING ON DRAGONFLY

31 Jul 2015   in Dragonflies-Damselflies, Spiders, Videography 4 Comments »
Contributed by Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
SPIDER FEEDING ON DRAGONFLY “On the morning of 29th November 2014, while skirting a local pond, I noticed that a dragonfly had become ensnared in a spider’s web near the water’s edge. The arachnid predator was a female Yellow-Silver Saint Andrew’s Cross Spider (Argiope catenulata) and was putting the finishing touches of her sticky silk to restrain the male dragonfly prey (below), a Common Parasol (Neurothemis fluctuans). “When she was satisfied that her silken strands were sufficiently... Read More

Male Eastern Stonechat assuming breeding plumage

30 Jul 2015   in Morphology-Develop. 1 Comment »
Contributed by Jing-Yi Tou, Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS & Datin Dr Swee-Im Lim
Male Eastern Stonechat assuming breeding plumage “The Eastern Stonechat (Saxicola maurus) is a common migrant in the north but in Peninsula Malaysia is an ‘uncommon and localised’ migrant. I am indebted to Jing-Yi Tou, a bird watching colleague, who spotted this bird, just before Christmas 2013, in an open area with tall grass in the city. “This location was a ‘happy hunting ground’ for both of us to watch birds that use the open grassland habitat but is now being extensively developed. I had made 4-5 trips... Read More

© Go Fruity With Wild Birds at Sepilok – N. Borneo

29 Jul 2015   in Feeding-plants No Comments »
Contributed by Daisy O’Neill
© Go Fruity With Wild Birds at Sepilok - N. Borneo “At first dawn light, I would be ready for the morning walk. “The slightest sound of my footsteps on gravel path sent foraging green pigeons on a scrambling flight off a fig tree canopy. There were more than 20 of these birds feeding on ripened figs that looked like garlic bulbs with stems growing from branches in clusters. “Infested tree foliages with many tiny holes accounted for several visiting insectivore bird species. “Two pigeon species foraged on figs... Read More

Nesting bulbul: 3. Adult feeding 5 days old chick

28 Jul 2015   in Feeding chicks, Nesting, Videography 2 Comments »
Contributed by YC Wee
Nesting bulbul: 3. Adult feeding 5 days old chick The Yellow-vented Bulbul’s (Pycnonotus goiavier) was 5 days old on 8th June 2015. The feeding behavior of the adults was video recorded from 1410-1930 hours from the bedroom. The clips were subsequently analysed to determine the regularity of the visits and the length of time spent inside the nest by each adult on their visits. As with the 2 days old chick LINK, the adults arrived by two routes. Flying from the garden towards the nesting tree, it would make a sudden... Read More

Black Magpie – calls an unusual behaviour

27 Jul 2015   in Nesting, Vocalisation 2 Comments »
Contributed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Black Magpie – calls an unusual behaviour “Came across a pair of Black Magpie (Platysmurus leucopterus leucopterus) that was involved in nesting activities. I have begun to learn the locations and behaviour of some of the Black Magpie at this site. “A recording HERE and waveform/sonogram (above) of the ‘xylophone’ sequence calls “tok-tok teling-klingk-klingk” (see Wells 2007). “An unusual behaviour I saw of one adult tearing and pulling at a banana leaf (above). It did come away with a piece (above).... Read More

Javan Mynas Anting With Millipedes

26 Jul 2015   in Feathers-maintenance 4 Comments »
Contributed by Kwong Wai Chong
Javan Mynas Anting With Millipedes “From Wikipedia, anting is a self-nointing behaviour during which birds rub insects, usually ants, on their feathers and skin. The bird may pick up the insects in their bill and rub them on the body, or the bird may lie in an area of high density of the insects and perform dust bathing-like movements. The insects secrete liquids containing chemicals such as formic acid, which can act as an insecticide, miticide, fungicide, or bactericide. Thus, anting is way of reducing... Read More

Peregrine Falcon having a dust-bath in a high-rise apartment

25 Jul 2015   in Feathers-maintenance, Videography No Comments »
Contributed by Wong Weng Fai
Peregrine Falcon having a dust-bath in a high-rise apartment In July 2015 Wong Weng Fai photographed a Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) having a dust-bath on the balcony floor of a yet to be completed apartment in a high-rise building. Many birds keep their feathers in good condition by taking dust-bath LINK. They lie on the dusty ground and moves vigorously about to get the dirt particles onto their feathers. This helps to get rid of ectoparasites as well as stale secretions from their oil glands. In the case of this falcon, it... Read More

Black-winged Stilt feeding on molluscs and fish

24 Jul 2015   in Feeding-invertebrates, Feeding-vertebrates, Waders No Comments »
Contributed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Black-winged Stilt feeding on molluscs and fish The local information on the prey of the Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) is limited. On 2nd March 2013, Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS noticed a family unit of three taking many snails in a short period of observation at the Malim Nawar Wetlands in Perak, Malaysia (above, below). This is an extensive ex-tin mining area covered with pond, lakes, wetlands and fish farming units. The snails are foraged in ‘knee deep’ water and swallowed whole. On 28th... Read More