“Wildlife is finally returning to Singapore’s Holland Village about 2 years after the end of the construction of the Mass Rapid Transit lines and I was delighted when this pair of Collared Kingfishers (Todiramphus chloris) moved in 2-3 months ago along with other birds commonly found in Singapore.
“They have accidentally flew into my house twice since they’ve moved in. I don’t think they are very well adapted to urban settings (like mynahs and starlings). I’d be grateful if you could include a shoutout on how to handle birds that have flown into homes.[Birds ‘trapped’ inside homes should be carefully guided towards the door or window. Should it be cornered and unable to fly away, place both hands firmly on the body and bring it outside. Do not loosen your hold on the bird gradually but release it all at once. And do not catch hold of its tail feathers as certain species may indulge in fight moult, losing its feathers to gain freedom – see HERE and HERE.]
“I’ve recently captured a sequence of pictures of a pair of Collared Kingfishers mating just outside my window – from the start where the female signals she is ready, by lowering her head (above and below), all the way to when the male flies off.
“The pair mated for 3 times in the 10 minutes I was observing them (above and below). The female stayed at the same place after every attempt while the male would fly off to a nearby branch.
“…and the male would fly off to another branch nearby (below).”
25th November 2013