• 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,...

Yes, the Short-tailed Babblers were courting

23 Apr 2014   in Courtship-Mating, Videography, Vocalisation No Comments »
Contributed by Ong Ei Leen, Subaraj Rajathurai & Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ong Ei Leen downloaded her video clip on YouTube in March 2014 showing what she claimed to be a pair of Short-tailed Babblers (Malacocincla malaccensis) in a courtship dance. There were some doubts on whether it was courtship or aggression as there were no clear views due to the vegetation around. Wildlife Consultant Subaraj Rajathurai has this to say: “…I cannot say for certain as I have not had the pleasure of seeing this behaviour personally but considering that most... Read More

GLOSSY SWIFTLETS COLLECTING NESTING MATERIAL

22 Apr 2014   in Nesting, Swifts-Swallows, Videography No Comments »
Contributed by Dr. Leong Tzi Ming & Dr. Vilma D’Rozario
GLOSSY SWIFTLETS COLLECTING NESTING MATERIAL “Many who have been to Fraser’s Hill, Peninsular Malaysia for nature appreciation and birdwatching would be familiar with the resident Glossy Swiftlets (Collocalia esculenta), with their healthy roost in a barricaded garage (above). This has been their safe haven for multiple generations and they continue to live and breed here to this day. “On the evening of 22nd March 2014, an aerial assembly of Glossy Swiftlets caught our attention as they were circling intently... Read More

Spotted Wood-owl and gular fluttering

21 Apr 2014   in Miscellaneous, Owls, Videography No Comments »
Contributed by Lena Chow
Spotted Wood-owl and gular fluttering “The behaviour of gular fluttering in Savannah Nightjar (Caprimulgus affinis) LINK and Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) LINK were most interesting reads. “Recently, I was delighted to see for myself a Spotted Wood-owl (Strix seloputo) gular fluttering in the midday heat to cool down Lena Chow Singapore 11th April... Read More

White-tailed Robin – an enigma

20 Apr 2014   in Morphology-Develop. No Comments »
Contributed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
White-tailed Robin – an enigma “This White-tailed Robin (Myiomela leucura leucura) is one of my favourites but an enigma. Most times extremely shy but occasionally I get opportunities to watch at very close range. “On this occasional my wife had walked in a different direction and the bird approached me at close range. “The bird is often in the shade and shows much ‘variation’ in colour depending in what light you see it. Here seen up close in reasonable lighting (top, above), the bright... Read More

© Malayan Whistling Thrush Courts Death (Part 2)

19 Apr 2014   in Illegal-Irresponsible, Species No Comments »
Contributed by Daisy O’Neill
© Malayan Whistling Thrush Courts Death (Part 2) Part 1 can be found HERE. “Texts suggest Malayan Whistling Thrush (Myophonus robinsoni) to be an extremely shy bird, occasionally seen to forage along mountain roadside dawn/dusk near to streams in broadleaved evergreen forests. “Stardust was anything but shy. The Whistling Thrush appeared periodically during day time to investigate presence of humans in the vicinity of its entrance flight path, along roadside. “My first proper sighting of this bi-annual... Read More

Blue-crowned Hanging-parrot at the nesting hole

18 Apr 2014   in Nesting, Parrots No Comments »
Contributed by Lim Sheau Torng
Blue-crowned Hanging-parrot at the nesting hole “I occasionally like to sit at the riverbank along Boat Quay during lunchtime. In early part of March this year, while sitting under a tree I heard the familiar call of a Blue-crowned Hanging-parrot (Loriculus galgulus) on top of the tree. I was trying to locate it before hearing another call coming from my right. Turning my head to the source, I immediately saw a female parrot perching at the lip of a tree cavity less than 2 metres away, answering the call from the tree... Read More

DUSKY BROADBILL PREENING

17 Apr 2014   in Feathers-maintenance, Morphology-Develop. No Comments »
Contributed by Dr. Leong Tzi Ming & Dr. Vilma D’Rozario
DUSKY BROADBILL PREENING “The Dusky Broadbill (Corydon sumatranus) has previously been described as having an ‘ungainly appearance’ (Lekagul & Round, 1991: 220 – bird no. 428). Such an impression would most certainly have stemmed from the bird’s seemingly oversized beak. Indeed, this bird truly looks comical yet adorable, especially when admired face to face (above). “On the sunny afternoon of 22nd March 2014, we had the opportunity to observe a pair at Fraser’s Hill,... Read More

Gold-whiskered Barbet nesting

16 Apr 2014   in Barbet-To'can-H'guide, Feeding chicks, Nesting, Waste No Comments »
Contributed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Gold-whiskered Barbet nesting “Gold-whiskered Barbet (Megalaima chrysopogon laeta) nesting. The nest was located at the fringe of primary forest in a Durian Tree (Durio zibethinus) (above). It was excavated 7-8 meters in the dead branch of the tree. Further up were two more freshly excavated holes. Wells (Wells, D.R., 1999. The birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsular. Vol. I, Non-passerines. Academic Press, London. 648 pp.) suggests that ‘extra holes are dug in the same of neighbouring trees, apparently... Read More

Hornbills in Changi feeding nestlings – March 2014

15 Apr 2014   in Hornbills, Nesting, Videography No Comments »
Contributed by Angie Ng & Hiro Machida
Hornbills in Changi feeding nestlings - March 2014 “The Changi heritage tree Shorea gibbosa has another new family of Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) – see also these links LINK 1, LINK 2 and LINK 3. “It was exciting hearing the babies squealing away for their feeds. “We saw the father return with many unidentified objects as well as what looked like small white eggs and oil palm seeds. The oil palm seeds however were sometimes not readily accepted – were they too big for the babies I... Read More

Head Plumes of the Javan Pond-heron

14 Apr 2014   in Heron-Egret-Bittern, Morphology-Develop. No Comments »
Contributed by Kwong Wai Chong
Head Plumes of the Javan Pond-heron “This season, at least two Javan Pond-herons (Ardeola speciosa) were spotted at the usual place at Lorong Halus. The Javan Pond-heron can only be positively identified when it assume its breeding plumage (below). Noted that these birds were assuming breeding plumage at different times with one seen assuming breeding plumage as early as end January. “At beginning of March, one of the birds had developed short white-coloured head plumes. These head plumes were not seen... Read More