• 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,...

Nesting behaviour of the Spotted Dove

Nesting behaviour of the Spotted Dove Courtship For the more than a few mornings in May 2013, a pair of Spotted Doves (Streptopelia chinensis) was heard duetting while hidden among a leafy branch of the Blue Mahang (Macaranga hyeni) tree that was covered with the scrambling Luffa plant (Luffa aegyptica) (above). The duetting started as early as 0730 hours and lasted from 5-10 minutes to as long as 40 minutes. When disturbed from their perches, they fly off to continue somewhere else. During evenings they were... Read More

Emerald Dove feeding on fruits of Macaranga bancana

Emerald Dove feeding on fruits of Macaranga bancana “I was finally rewarded with one of my Christmas wishes – to see the Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica) feed on the fruiting Common Mahang (Macaranga bancana). “I have been to this site 4 times in the past 3 weeks and on two occasions I saw an Emerald Dove in the tree, but it left when it saw me. On another day, on three occasions, an Emerald Dove flew towards the tree and was about to land but when noticing me speed off past the tree. “Finally yesterday, in the... Read More

Birds feeding in a Ficus benjamina tree

Birds feeding in a Ficus benjamina  tree In early December 2013 Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS encountered a fruiting (Ficus benjamina) tree growing along a trail through the mixed secondary-primary forest of the Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve in Perak, Malaysia. The tree attracted flocks of noisy birds that were feeding on the figs. He first noticed three Yellow-vented Green-pigeons (Treron seimundi seimundi), an uncommon green-pigeon that are not commonly seen in the lowlands (Wells, 1999) (above male, below... Read More

A closer look at a juvenile male Emerald Dove

in Pigeon-Dove  on Oct 07, 13 No Comments »
A closer look at a juvenile male Emerald Dove “I was this golf course-resort to watch some birds when I spotted this dead Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica indica) by the road side. “Took some images and brought it home for a decent burial. It is a juvenile male with limited white eyebrow and shoulder patch.” Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia 28th July 2013 Location: Batu Gajah, Perak, Malaysia Habitat: Ex-tin mining area with extensive pond/lakes, now a golf course and... Read More

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine's Day Lena Chow sent in the above image and the video clip below of a pair of Rock Pigeons (Columba livia) to wish readers a Happy Valentine’s Day. According to folklore, birds choose their mates on February 14th. And to the Chinese of old, doves represent faithfulness, filial piety and longevity. So doves have always been used as symbols of Valentine’s Day. And rightly, so should pigeons, as both belong to the family Columbidae. Have a Happy Valentine’s... Read More

Pied Imperial-pigeon feeding on Rhopaloblaste ceramica fruits

Pied Imperial-pigeon feeding on Rhopaloblaste ceramica fruits At about 1000 hours on 16th December 2012, there was a sudden raining of fruits coming from my ceram palm (Rhopaloblaste ceramica) outside my bedroom window. Attracted by the noise of the falling fruits, I was pleasantly surprised to witness a flock of 8-10 white pigeons with black wing feathers and tails pecking on the fruits. These were Pied Imperial-pigeons (Ducula bicolor), rare non-breeding visitors or are they free-flyers from the Jurong Bird Park, as suggested by... Read More

‘CLOCKING’ BIRDS IN PAPUA (IRIAN JAYA)

 ‘CLOCKING’ BIRDS IN PAPUA (IRIAN JAYA) “How does an observer, having first sighted a bird, convey its location to a second bird observer? “Does he/she finger point direction of the bird and or proceed to provide a lengthy description of its exact location? Something like-‘behind that twisted branch… towards the right, just next to a big leaf, a bit further up, next to the other tree’ etc.. amongst a host of other trees, only much to viewers’ dismay, see the bird takes flight. “Why do... Read More

Thick-billed Green-pigeon and Ficus virens

Thick-billed  Green-pigeon and Ficus virens Angie Ng came across a large Grey Fig (Ficus virens) with branches thick with figs on 23rd October 2012. Among the many birds feasting on the figs were Thick-billed Green-pigeons (Treron curvirostra), an uncommon resident species (above). A few days earlier, Lena Chow was watching a flock of Thick-billed Green-pigeons gorging themselves on the same figs at Bukit Brown. Her video above shows “a gorgeous male pigeon having his fill.” This would be a new item for... Read More

Spotted Dove bathing

Spotted Dove bathing Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS‘s image of a Spotted Dove (Stigmatopelia chinensis) was taken at Tambun in Perak, Malaysia. The habitat was a semi-urban location with limestone hills nearby. It was during a bright mid-morning on 6th August 2012. “Most birds like a nice bath and a muddy puddle will have to do at times,” wrote... Read More

Attacked by a Rock Pigeon

in Pigeon-Dove  on Aug 20, 12 3 Comments »
Attacked by a Rock Pigeon “On 30th July 2012 morning at around 7.30am, a very interesting and beautiful pigeon super battle flight manoeuver attacked a human – at Commonwealth Avenue West. “Standing beside the bus stop, I looked up into the sky, at the pine and mango trees. From the corner of my left eye I noticed a large grey pigeon with wings spread out (like an eagle getting ready to attack a prey), flying, charging towards my direction, about 3m away and 3m above the ground.... Read More