Archive for September, 2006

Faecal sac

in Waste  on Sep 29, 06 No Comments »

How do birds deal with wastes generated by their nestlings? Those of the Peaceful Dove (Geopelia striata) seen on the left obviously do not practice sanitary hygiene, soiling their nest with their faeces. Some parent birds actually eat the faeces during the first few days after the nestlings hatch. At this early stage, the droppings [...]

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Attack of Dollarbirds’ nest by starlings II

in Interspecific  on Sep 28, 06 No Comments »

On 16th September 2006 we posted an account of the attack by a small flock of Asian Glossy Starlings (Aplonis panayensis) on an open Dollarbirds’ (Eurystomus orientalis) nest in Lim Chu Kang. Unfortunately the account was not accompanied by images. The photographer has since found and forwarded these images to me. Captured on film, the [...]

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Tale of the Stork-billed Kingfisher

Seeing a kingfisher fishes for its meal in swift, precision manoeuvre is always a joy nature provides. Witnessing a ruthless kill of the catch by whacking the fish to death against a thick branch beside which the bird perched, sent me speechless. Having that one rare opportunity to digiscope a Stork-billed Kingfisher (Halcyon capensis) trying [...]

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The Osprey and the White-bellied Sea Eagles

in Interspecific  on Sep 24, 06 1 Comment »

Allan Teo was at his friends’ farm in Kahang, Malaysia, recently when he noticed an Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) flying towards the fish pond. The pond had more than 1,000 fish and was the territory of the White-bellied Sea Eagles (Haliaeetus leucogaster). Such a rich fishing ground was too tempting for the Osprey but the sea [...]

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Blue-throated Bee-eater

in Bee-eaters, Nesting  on Sep 22, 06 No Comments »

Like all bee-eaters, the Blue-throated (Merops viridis) is an earth-hole nester. It excavates a tunnel in the sandy ground, often from a slight incline, but also on flat lawns. The one metre or more tunnel enters the ground at a shallow angle, ending in an egg-chamber. And seldom does the bird reuses it the next [...]

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Small home high off the ground: Nesting ecology of the Grey-rumped Treeswift.

in Nesting, Swifts-Swallows  on Sep 20, 06 No Comments »

I work in the Singapore Botanic Gardens and the Grey-rumped Treeswifts (Hemiprocne longipennis) do well here. Outside the Visitor Centre they perch in the big trees, they always select the tallest branches, often dead exposed ones. From there they sally for insects, and I presume they nest, although I have never had a chance to [...]

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The call of the Asian Koel

in Vocalisation  on Sep 19, 06 16 Comments »

From mid-October 2005 right through to February 2006, I had been hearing the call of the Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopacea) almost every morning at about 6.30 am or thereabout. Sometimes I would hear the call later in the morning and once in a while in the evening as well. I have had people complaining of [...]

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Gloria and her Pink-necked Green Pigeon 1

in Nesting  on Sep 17, 06 4 Comments »

On 3rd July 2006 Gloria Seow spotted a female Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans ) sitting in a nest lodged between the branches of a tree (possibly Aphanamixis polystachys). The tree was just behind her first floor office in the MacPherson Road area, near to where the regular office smokers congregated to discuss their battle [...]

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Attack of Dollarbirds’ nest by starlings

in Interspecific  on Sep 16, 06 3 Comments »

An earlier account saw how a Long-tailed Parakeet (Psittacula longicauda) attacked the nest of a pair of Dollarbirds (Eurystomus orientalis) but was physically evicted from the nest. Here, the attack by a flock of Asian Glossy Starlings (Aplonis panayensis) was under different circumstances. Meng and Melinda Chan were at Lim Chu Kang when they noticed [...]

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Purple Heron: Feeding behaviour

Herons are carnivores, feeding on a wide range of live animals found within their aquatic environment. These may include fish, frogs, snakes, lizards, birds and small mammals. They also take aquatic insects and crustaceans. The long neck and sharp pointed bill are well adapted to harpoon preys. The bird stands motionless in shallow water among [...]

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