• 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,...

Grey-rumped Treeswift feeding chick – on video

01 Sep 2015   in Feeding chicks, Videography No Comments »
Contributed by Kumchun Chan
Grey-rumped Treeswift feeding chick – on video Johnny Wee’s earlier account showed in vivid details an adult female Grey-rumped Treeswift (Hemiprocne longipennis) feeding a large chick as they both perched side by side on a branch. What the series of still images is unable to show is how the feeding is initiated. And this is where Kumchun Chan’s video clip complements the images – see below. According to Chantler (2000), “The feeding process is preceded, or initiated, by sibilant screaming (less shrill... Read More

The Giant Mahang (Macaranga gigantea)

31 Aug 2015   in Feeding-plants, Plants 1 Comment »
Contributed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
The Giant Mahang (Macaranga gigantea) “Both the Common Mahang (Macaranga bancana) LINK and the Giant Mahang (Macaranga gigantea) are trees whose fruit attract large numbers of species. The Giant Mahang is not an easy tree to watch birds in (see image). It is a tall tree at 15-20 meters with a spreading crown that provides good shade. “Birds that I have personally observed feeding on the Giant Mahang fruit include (some I have not yet posted):” Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica) Crimson-winged Woodpecker... Read More

BESG working closely with Facebook “Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia”

30 Aug 2015   in Reports No Comments »
Contributed by YC Wee
BESG working closely with Facebook "Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia" As announced by Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia (BICA) yesterday, BESG has entered into a formal arrangement with BICA to bring the study of birds and their behavior to a wider audience. BESG will make use of relevant BICA’s postings (with permission from contributors) and post them in our website. We will formally acknowledge the cooperative efforts of BICA in each and every posting that originates from their members. BICA members have been doing a fabulous job... Read More

© Endemic Seed Foragers at Dasyueshan NFRA – Taiwan

29 Aug 2015   in Feeding-plants, Travel-Personality No Comments »
Contributed by Daisy O'Neill & Alex Hsu
© Endemic Seed Foragers at Dasyueshan NFRA - Taiwan “Taiwan- a small island of approx. 36,000 sq. kilometres, surrounded by its waters- geographically helps contain and sustain high percentages of endemic birds; especially ground dwellers in its undulating mountains and valleys. Together with good, effective forest management policies and excellent maintenance, many of its Forest Recreation Areas are well preserved, wild life protected and enjoyed by their citizens and visitors alike. “There are numerous... Read More

Study of a Large-tailed Nightjar Carcass

28 Aug 2015   in Morphology-Develop. 6 Comments »
Contributed by Thong Chow Ngian
Study of a Large-tailed Nightjar Carcass [pic. 1] “On 23rd Aug 15, a young friend named Caleb, stopped me and pointed towards the base of a palm tree as we were walking along Jalan Loyang Besar, towards Pasir Ris Carpark A (above). The pointed wing of a Large-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus macrurus) with a prominent white patch caught his attention. After calling the hotline of a local nature group that collects bird carcasses, I was advised to bury the bird as all their staff were very busy that Sunday afternoon... Read More

Spectacled Spiderhunter: Cross-species feeding

27 Aug 2015   in Cross species feeding No Comments »
Contributed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Spectacled Spiderhunter: Cross-species feeding “An odd feeding behaviour I saw was by a juvenile/immature Spectacled Spiderhunter (Arachnothera flavigaster). “In the past 5-6 weeks I have seen quite a number of juvenile/immature Spectacled Spiderhunters at fruiting trees. So was not surprised to see another. But this bird was chasing others, especially the Asian Glossy Starlings (Aplonis panayensis) for food. “I am used to competitive feeding at fruiting tress and often the Spectacled Spiderhunter is the main... Read More

SCARLET SKIMMER MATING and OVIPOSITING

26 Aug 2015   in Dragonflies-Damselflies, Videography No Comments »
Contributed by Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
SCARLET SKIMMER MATING and OVIPOSITING “Mature males of the Scarlet Skimmer (Orthetrum testaceum, family Libellulidae) can be especially eye-catching as they bask on a brilliant sunny day (above). “Females of the species pale in comparison and are dull olive brown instead (above). “Though less commonly seen than the male, receptive females will reveal themselves at water bodies (above), in order to seek attention from conspecific males. “On the 28th February 2015, I was delighted to find that a... Read More

Grey-rumped Treeswift feeding chick just before it fledged

25 Aug 2015   in Feeding chicks 2 Comments »
Contributed by Johnny Wee
Grey-rumped Treeswift feeding chick just before it fledged A pair of nesting Grey-rumped Treeswifts (Hemiprocne longipennis) at Bishan Park ended successfully with a chick fledging in late August 2015. Johnny Wee managed to photograph an adult female feeding the chick just before it fledged. The above image shows the adult and the chick perching side by side on a branch with the latter facing upward, ready to be fed. The images above and below show the adult in the process of regurgitating food from its crop. According to... Read More

© A July Date With Great Egret in Sepilok – N. Borneo

24 Aug 2015   in Heron-Egret-Bittern No Comments »
Contributed by Daisy O’Neill
© A July Date With Great Egret in Sepilok - N. Borneo “A solitary Great Egret (Ardea alba) strolling in lodging property in Sepilok appeared to have found home away from home in July 2015. It was observed to be strolling at ease, foraging and digging up what looked like an earthen clump of soil embedded with wriggly vermin partially exposed (below). “This was confirmed when bird shook off loose soil and a photographic shot showed the last remnant of vermin in bird’s bill (below). “It was unusual to encounter a... Read More

Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot – immature female feeding on Macaranga gigantea fruits and leaf galls

23 Aug 2015   in Feeding-invertebrates, Feeding-plants 2 Comments »
Contributed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot – immature female feeding on Macaranga gigantea fruits and leaf galls “Returned to the same tree today and spotted 2 Blue-crowned Hanging Parrots (Loriculus galgulus) feeding on the fruit of the Giant Mahang (Macaranga gigantea) (above). This was not unexpected as I have seen them feed on the Common Mahang (Macaranga bancana), a behaviour I saw a number of times today. They usually turn up later than other birds; usually midmorning. “What is unusual is the subsequent feeding I observed. Some of the leave of this tree have ‘growths’.... Read More