• 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,...

Zebra (Peaceful) Dove – unusual nest construction

in Nesting, Pigeon-Dove  on Jun 12, 14 No Comments »
Zebra (Peaceful) Dove – unusual nest construction “I saw this pair of Peaceful Doves (Geopelia striata) nesting in an overgrown banana plant at about 1.5 meters from the ground (above). What was unusual was not just the choice of the nest location but also the mechanism to build it. “Because there were no vantage points for the male to alight on for entry to the nest site, he would fly straight in (note the female just visible and has closed her eye to prevent any trauma) and land on the female’s back (above). He... Read More

Mating Zebra Doves and distinguishing the sexes

Mating Zebra Doves and distinguishing the sexes A pair of mating Zebra Doves (Geopelia striata) was photographed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS on 22nd February 2013 in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. The images, especially that of the pair in the act of copulation, allow for the sexes to be distinguished (above). The sexes are very similar except that the centre of the female’s breast is narrower, the barring extending further onto the breast (Gibbs et al., 2001). In the images above and below, the male is on the... Read More

Pink-necked Green-pigeon Expels Indigestable Seed

Pink-necked Green-pigeon Expels Indigestable Seed “A Pink-necked Green-pigeon (Treron vernans) that landed in a Yellow Saraca (Saraca thaipingensis) attracted my attention. It is a normal behaviour of such pigeon to remain in the same perch for long periods without much apparent activities. After locating it in the viewfinder of my camera, I had the luxury of time to move around to get the best view. In the end I settled for a back side view of the bird instead of a side view as it would require me to stand right in the... Read More

Nesting of the Green Imperial-pigeon

in Nesting, Pigeon-Dove  on May 24, 14 No Comments »
Nesting of the Green Imperial-pigeon “Quite a number of species were nesting towards end of April 2014. The Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala), Collared Kingfisher (Actenoides concretus), Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica), Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia), and Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster) were some of the species busy with nesting activities. I was pleasantly surprised and delighted to find a nesting of the Green Imperial-pigeon (Ducula aenea), supposedly a rare non-breeding visitor in... Read More

Pink-necked Green-pigeon and a Ficus species

in Pigeon-Dove, Plants  on May 18, 14 No Comments »
Pink-necked Green-pigeon and a Ficus species It all started when Lena Chow sent in an image of a male Pink-necked Green-pigeon (Treron vernans) feeding on a fig, which has been identified by Yap Von Bing as either a Waringin Fig (Ficus benjamina) or a Ficus nuda which he says looks similar (above). The image was taken at Pasir Ris Park. Lena was sent to photograph the tree (above) as Ficus nuda is relatively unfamiliar and there is no record of its presence in Singapore. With the above image of the tree, it was sent... Read More

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