Archive for December, 2011

The Bird Ecology Study Group acknowledges contributors…

in Reports  on Dec 31, 11 4 Comments »

The Bird Ecology Study Group came onto the scene in mid-2005 with the aim of encouraging birdwatchers to see beyond the plumage. In this regard we have been successful beyond our wildest imagination. With the ending 2011, we take the opportunity to thank the many who have contributed to our success… 1. Margie Hall sowed [...]

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Call of the Stripe-throated Bulbul

in Vocalisation  on Dec 30, 11 No Comments »
Call of the Stripe-throated Bulbul

According to Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS, the Stripe-throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus finlaysoni) is not adequately appreciated both for its beauty and delightful calls. It is fairly common in disturbed or secondary forests. They are often seen in pairs, making a variety of calls. “The commonest is a liquid bubbly one, and although it cannot rival the [...]

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Lesser Adjutant feeding in the mud

Lesser Adjutant feeding in the mud

“According to Wildlife Conservation Society, `Adjutant storks got their name from British Colonial troops who admired these birds for their stately manner.’ Similar to the military adjutants (officers who provide military or administrative assistance to senior commanding officers) who stand at attention when their senior officer walks in, adjutant storks are also known to stand [...]

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Smooth-coated Otter at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

“This has nothing to do with birds, but just like the termite-hatch clip LINK, I thought you might enjoy this clip of Smooth-coated Otters (Lutrogale perspicillata) having a good roll-around at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve this morning…” Lena Chow Singapore 24th December 2011

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Little Egrets’ Territorial Dispute

Little Egrets' Territorial Dispute

“Of the white birds of Singapore, the Little Egret (Egretta garzetta), also known as Snowy Egret, is the most common. Two sub-species can be found here (above). E. g. garzetta is widespread and considered as a common winter visitor, while E. g. nigripes is considered a rare visitor. These sub-species of the Little Egret are [...]

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Feeding behaviour of sunbirds

Feeding behaviour of sunbirds

An earlier post by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS documented four species of sunbirds feeding on the seeds of common mahang (Macaranga bancana) LINK. In this post an adult female Red-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes rhodolaemus) was photographed swallowing the seeds of Macaranga bancanawa (above left). Similarly, the adult male Ruby-cheeked Sunbird (Chalcoparia singalensis singalensis) can swallow the [...]

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©A New Photographic Record: Jv. Malaysian Honeyguide in Borneo

in Brood parasitism  on Dec 25, 11 3 Comments »
©A New Photographic Record: Jv. Malaysian Honeyguide in Borneo

“The Malaysian Honeyguide (Indicator arachipelagicus) is a rare little known, rather overlooked resident and near-threatened species of mainly lowland plains forest edge habitat. Being one of the 15 species of honeyguides found in the world, a recent find in Borneo is thus of much interest to the local and international bird community. Its habitat puts [...]

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Asian Glossy Starling: A portrait

in Species  on Dec 24, 11 1 Comment »
Asian Glossy Starling: A  portrait

I am never tired of watching groups of Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis) feasting on the fruits of my Alexandra palms (Archontophoenix alexandrae). I have four palms that are more than 20 years old. They regularly flower and fruit such that there are always ripe fruits throughout the year. Small groups fly in at different [...]

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Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot takes Macaranga bancana fruits

in Feeding-plants, Parrots  on Dec 23, 11 No Comments »
Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot takes Macaranga bancana fruits

The Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot (Loriculus galgulus) has now been observed taking fruits of Macaranga bancana, not recorded earlier LINK. With this record, the total number of species feeding on the fruits of this plant is now 20 – comprising 1 barbet, 5 bulbuls, 3 flycatchers, 1 hanging-parrot, 1 iora, 4 spiderhunters, 4 sunbirds and 1 [...]

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Red Junglefowl Hens’ Plumage

in Morphology-Develop.  on Dec 21, 11 3 Comments »
Red Junglefowl Hens' Plumage

“The Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus) is widely believed to be the wild ancestor of all domestic chicken. Red Junglefowl roosters are quite an eyeful with its brilliantly coloured plumage and showy arching tail feathers. Red Junglefowl hens are less eye catching. Their plumage are duller and less fanciful (left). “An adult pair with two immature [...]

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