• 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,...

Stripe-throated Bulbul after a bath

Stripe-throated Bulbul after a bath In the late morning of 8th July 2014, Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS encountered a Striped-throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus finlaysoni finlaysoni) having a bath in Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands. The two images accompanying this post show the bulbul just after the bath. No doubt the bird will be busy drying itself and preening its feathers to maintain them in top conditions. The location was a public road through the primary forest at 1600m ASL.... Read More

Purple Swamphen preening

in Feathers-maintenance  on Aug 21, 14 1 Comment »
Purple Swamphen preening “After a bath, the Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio viridis) walked up a dead branch for an extended preening session. “The waterhen likes to spread wings and shake them from side to side to dry out. “This offered an opportunity to image the crown. Did not appreciate the central crown deep purple band previously. “A short video can be viewed above. “Also recorded it feeding on a mollusc. Classical use of the foot to assit in anchorign prey and getting... Read More

White-browed Crake preening and its odd oral movements

White-browed Crake preening and its odd oral movements “When these shy White-browed Crake (Porzana cinerea) offer opportunities, I am grateful to receive them. Four of the six birds were very accommodating. I had extended observations, including many preening episodes. “A video of 3 separate birds preening is given belowabove “Note that there are odd oral movements as part of the preening – see the first one third of the video and the images above and below. “They were very reminiscent of the snipe I posted much... Read More

© Insights To Blue-winged Pittas: Part 1 Anting

© Insights To Blue-winged Pittas: Part 1 Anting Behaviour: Anting “Following my series -‘My Odyssey with Blue-winged Pittas’ in 2013 LINK, there had been more developments and opportunities to observe these ground dwellers closer in a different location. “A mixed secondary forest of mangroves – set along edge of sluggish meandering river, overlooked by a provincial village – with pockets of bamboo groves, bushes and no shortage of damp, ground vegetation were simply ideal habitats for... Read More

Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker applying plant sap to feathers

Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker applying plant sap to feathers “On a recent birding trip to West Bali National Park, Indonesia, I came across yet another woodpecker which seems to be applying tree sap to its feathers. “This female Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos macei) was interestingly tapping for sap from a dead tree. “The Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense) was earlier sighted making use of the sap of the Tamalan Tree (Dalbergia oliveri) for the same purpose, see HERE.” Lena Chow Singapore 19th June... Read More

HALF-BAKED BIRDS AND OTHER ANIMALS

HALF-BAKED BIRDS AND OTHER ANIMALS “Many birds sun themselves. The most enthusiastic of sunbathers appear to be various species of doves, especially Zebra Doves (Geopelia striata) and Spotted Doves (Streptopelia chinensis). Both are frequent visitors to my garden, but Spotted Dove, being much larger, and somewhat aggressive (whoever said that doves were peaceful?) hog all the prime sunbathing spots. “Like mad dogs and Englishmen, they bake on my pathway in the noonday sun. Believe you me, the... Read More

BAT HAWK PREENING AND STRETCHING

BAT HAWK PREENING AND STRETCHING “The Bat Hawk (Macheiramphus alcinus) is known to roost in ‘lofty forest trees’ from the lowlands to the foothills (Lekagul & Round, 1991: 96). In late April 2014, I had the pleasure to view a family of Bat Hawks (two parents and one fledgling) perched upon a grand, emergent tree in a forested area in Sarawak, Borneo (above). “At the fork of a main branch, the disused nest was still visible and largely intact (above). “One morning, I had my eyes on one of... Read More

Oriental Pied Hornbills preening

Oriental Pied Hornbills preening Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS encountered a pair of Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris convexus) locking bills at the outskirts of Tapah, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia on 10th April 2014 LINK. At the same time he managed to photograph the female preening (top) and pair indulging in appopreening (above, below). Such activities are to keep the feathers in top condition, although allopreening has the added function of bonding the... Read More

WHIMBRELS BATHING and PREENING

WHIMBRELS BATHING and PREENING “At mid-day on 27th March 2014, I had the opportunity to feast my eyes on some bathing beauties near a river mouth in Singapore. A few Whimbrels (Numenius phaeopus) had arrived at the scene and began to immerse themselves in the warm, shallow waters (above). “The preliminary soaking was soon followed by vigorous flapping of wings, creating quite a splash (above, below). Each bath lasted approximately five minutes from start to finish. “A video clip of... Read More

DUSKY BROADBILL PREENING

DUSKY BROADBILL PREENING “The Dusky Broadbill (Corydon sumatranus) has previously been described as having an ‘ungainly appearance’ (Lekagul & Round, 1991: 220 – bird no. 428). Such an impression would most certainly have stemmed from the bird’s seemingly oversized beak. Indeed, this bird truly looks comical yet adorable, especially when admired face to face (above). “On the sunny afternoon of 22nd March 2014, we had the opportunity to observe a pair at Fraser’s Hill,... Read More