• 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,...

Immature Verditer Flycatcher feeding on Common Mahang fruits

in Feeding-plants  on Aug 02, 15 No Comments »
Immature Verditer Flycatcher feeding on Common Mahang fruits “I have been seeing a number of Verditer Flycatchers (Eumyias thalassinus) come to feed on the Common Mahang (Macaranga bancana) fruit over the past 2 weeks. “Usually adults but today an immature. They are hard to capture with fruit in the beak as they fly up suddenly, snatch a fruit, return to new perch and swallow it. Seen numerous episodes over past 2 weeks. Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia 21st July 2015 Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh,... Read More

Birds and rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum) fruits

in Feeding-plants  on Aug 01, 15 1 Comment »
Birds and rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum) fruits During the 2015 Rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum) season, Johnny Wee documented five new species of birds feeding on the fruits in his garden: 1. Blue-crowned Hanging-parrot (Loriculus galgulus) (top, above). This has earlier been reported by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia LINK. 2. Red-breasted Parakeet (Psittacula alexandri) (above). 3. Juvenile Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis) (above). 4. Javan Myna (Acridotheres fuscus) (above). 5.... Read More

© Go Fruity With Wild Birds at Sepilok – N. Borneo

in Feeding-plants  on Jul 29, 15 No Comments »
© Go Fruity With Wild Birds at Sepilok - N. Borneo “At first dawn light, I would be ready for the morning walk. “The slightest sound of my footsteps on gravel path sent foraging green pigeons on a scrambling flight off a fig tree canopy. There were more than 20 of these birds feeding on ripened figs that looked like garlic bulbs with stems growing from branches in clusters. “Infested tree foliages with many tiny holes accounted for several visiting insectivore bird species. “Two pigeon species foraged on figs... Read More

© Go Carambolas With Wild Birds in Sepilok – N.Borneo

in Feeding-plants  on Jul 23, 15 No Comments »
© Go Carambolas With Wild Birds in Sepilok - N.Borneo “A tropical, succulent fruit when matured grows to about 10cm in length. When ripened, tastes sweet with an astringent finish. Shaped like a 5-pointed star when sliced cross-sectioned, is known to locals as Starfruit (Averrhoa carambola) and is also commercially grown (left). “When left unplucked in private fruit gardens or orchard, ripen fruits become hosts to several species of birds. Some were observed to peck and swallow its flesh, some chewed to extract its... Read More

Jungle Myna Acridotheres fuscus – feeding on papaya

in Feeding-plants  on Jul 21, 15 No Comments »
Jungle Myna Acridotheres fuscus - feeding on papaya The papaya (Carica papaya) is commonly planted in many urban gardens as the fruits are a favourite with many people. And if your are a little late in harvesting the ripe fruits, birds will beat you to them. So far we have documented more than a dozen species of birds eating the fruit – check out this LINK, type “papaya” in the “search” box to get to the list. The birds documented in this website include barbet, bulbul, cockatoo, corella, dove, hornbill, koel,... Read More

© Go Bananas With Wild Birds at Sepilok – N. Borneo

in Feeding-plants  on Jul 20, 15 No Comments »
© Go Bananas With Wild Birds at Sepilok - N. Borneo “A recent, late June- early July 2015 revisit to Sepilok in Sabah (N. Borneo), after an absence of five year rotation visit, saw many changes in development, depletion in bird population and the psyche of Sabahans. “Even Mother Nature, under constant duress from human follies, shook and quake-shuddered in disapproval. Her anger recently took off one of its iconic ‘donkey’s ears’ at Mt. Kinabalu and claimed many precious lives. Surely it is a sign from... Read More

Asian Koel and the papaya fruits

Asian Koel and the papaya fruits Luce Sam’s dramatic image of the female Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopacea) flying in to feed on the Papaya (Carica papaya) fruit is an important record of yet another fruit plant of the bird (below). Note that the bunch of papayas on the plant shows fruits of different degrees of ripeness from green to overripe. And the koel zooms in on the ripest of the ripe. The female Koel is normally well camouflaged with its brownish plumage with whitish streaks, spots and bars... Read More

Two more species of birds attracted to Macaranga bancana fruits

in Feeding-plants  on Jul 12, 15 No Comments »
Two more species of birds attracted to Macaranga bancana fruits In the latest list of plants posted recently LINK, the Common Mahang (Macaranga bancana) is shown to attracts 31 species of birds. All but two were documented by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS, from his base in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia – see list below. It is interesting to note that few, if at all any local birdwatcher, pay attention to this fabulous bird-tree. One reason can be that, as far as I can ascertain, most Common Mahang are found within old secondary forests. And... Read More

Purple-naped Sunbird– nectar feeding behaviour

in Feeding-plants, Sunbirds  on Jul 06, 15 No Comments »
Purple-naped Sunbird– nectar feeding behaviour “The Purple-naped Sunbird (Hypogramma hypogrammicum nuchale) is known to feed on insects. “I have previously posted observations of frugivorous behaviour (a poorly recognised behaviour) LINK, LINK and LINK. “There are no reported observations of nectar feeding. Wells (2007) states ‘I know of no definite area record of nectarivory ….’ “I was able to document a male Purple-naped Sunbird feeding on the nectar of the same tiny flowers [encountered earlier]. A... Read More

PINK-NECKED GREEN-PIGEONS FEEDING ON FIGS

PINK-NECKED GREEN-PIGEONS FEEDING ON FIGS “On the 9th November 2014, I was drawn towards the majestic crown of a mature fig tree (Ficus benjamina), which was punctuated with abundant red fruits. These enticing red dots had also captured the attention of Pink-necked Green-pigeons (Treron vernans). “The demographics of this flock of pigeons included: females (above), which blended with the foliage remarkably; “males (above, below), which paraded their pretty pink necks proudly; “as well as juveniles... Read More