• 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,...

Rock Pigeon “kissing”

Rock Pigeon “kissing” Chew Yen Fook’s image of a Rock Pigeon’s so-called “kissing” (Columba livia) intrigued him. It shows one bird thrusting its bill deep into the gape of another (above). This phenomenon is usually seen when adult pigeons and doves feed their chicks crop milk in the nest LINK. It has also been reported between chicks and recently fledged juveniles LINK. What is unusual in Yen Fook’s observation is that immediately after “kissing” one bird mounted the other and... Read More

FREE-LIVING WILD BIRDS BREEDING IN YOUR HOME

FREE-LIVING WILD BIRDS BREEDING IN YOUR HOME “With reference to the comment by Barkha on 26th December that he hopes Spotted Doves (Streptopelia chinensis) will again nest on his balcony LINK, my opinion is that if you want birds to stay around your premises and perhaps raise a family, you should feed them. “Most birds are territorial, but when food is plentiful, many bird territories are actually quite small, perhaps no larger than a suburban garden. “Therefore, to ensure a dense population of birds... Read More

New Zealand Pigeon (kereru)

New Zealand Pigeon (kereru) “The New Zealand Pigeon (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae) is a rather large bird, ~ 50 cm long, often sighted sitting quietly on tree branches. Its distinctive white underparts enable the birdwatchers on the ground to spot it easily (above, image by Johnny Wee). “This endemic bird is frugivorous and feeds on leaves and flower petals as well. “This bird was seen feeding on yellow flower petals at Zeelandia, Wellington. The wonderful, clear commentaries were made by the... Read More

Atypical nesting of the Zebra Dove

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Atypical nesting of the Zebra Dove “I have seen Zebra Doves (Geopelia striata) nest in odd sites but never before in limestone hill openings. “Note that these are images and observations from a distance with no closer access but there is no doubt about the nesting behaviour. “I spotted an adult flying into a small hole in a large limestone stalactite. The hole is located 40-50 meters up a limestone outcropping (above). I saw three visits by the adult bringing nesting material with another adult within... Read More

A DRIPPY SUBJECT

A DRIPPY SUBJECT  “It is generally believed that pigeons and doves do not bathe in the conventional manner of other birds. That is, they do not dip themselves into water and splash about, as do thrushes, starlings, parrots, white-eyes and many other species. This has been reported in ornithological and avicultural literature. However, it has been said that pigeons and doves wash themselves by rubbing against wet foliage after rain. “I have never seen a pigeon or a dove bathe,... Read More

Pink-necked Green-pigeon Feeds Immature With Crop Milk and Fruit

“As I was walking in my condo at about 8.30 am on 10th September 2014, some movements high up in a Yellow Flame tree (Peltophorum pterocarpum) that has shed all its leaves attracted my attention. From the view finder of my camera, I could see that it was a pair of Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans) apparently engaging in courtship/mating behaviour. However, as it was a back view, I could not be sure of what they were actually doing – see video: “I was... Read More

Zebra (Peaceful) Dove – unusual nest construction

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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

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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