• 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,...

Purple Swamphen eats Kyllinga polyphylla flowering stalks

in Feeding-plants  on Oct 25, 14 1 Comment »
Purple Swamphen eats Kyllinga polyphylla flowering stalks The Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) [now Grey-headed Swamphen (P. poliocephalus)] is primarily a vegetarian, taking any and all parts of aquatic and semi-aquatic plants. At the same time it takes animal food that includes various invertebrates like small crabs, snails LINK, insects and their larvae, fish, frogs, lizards, snakes and nestlings. Its large bill is used to dig and pull plants while its prominently long toes come in useful in gripping vegetation and... Read More

Oriental Pied Hornbill – courtship feeding, Morinda citrifolia fruit

Oriental Pied Hornbill - courtship feeding, Morinda citrifolia fruit “I was out testing a news lens I had loaned, the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 VC. I choose to test it in the ‘worst’ possible setting – 7.30am on a gloom post rain morning, under some trees. I was trying to see if it could match the Nikon AF-S 80-400mm ED VR I have using recently. “I came across a pair of Oriental Pied Hornbills (Anthracoceros albirostris convexus) feeding on the fruit of the Morinda citrifolia (Great Morinda, Indian Mulberry, Noni, Mengkudu in... Read More

Purple-throated Sunbird sipping Morinda elliptica flower nectar

in Feeding-plants, Sunbirds  on Sep 23, 14 No Comments »
Purple-throated Sunbird sipping Morinda elliptica flower nectar “Saw this Purple-throated Sunbird (Leptocoma sperata brasiliana) with a mate (no pictures, more shy) at close range but in full sun (have yet to take good pictures in glaring sunlight). “Extensive, close views of it feeding on the nectar of this small tree (top, above). I think it is the Morinda elliptica (Black Morinda or Mengkudu daun kecil) (below). “It did not pierce the base of the flower but obtained the nectar by direct insertion of beak into flower. “Very... Read More

Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo feeding on Bottle Brush seeds

The Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynus latirostris) is endemic to Western Australia and highly endangered. A recent report found that it may disappear from the Perth region within 15 years LINK. “The cockatoo is a seed-eater, feeding mainly on the kernels of proteaceous plants like Grevellea, Dryandra and Banksia. The cockatoo bites and tears open the thick woody capsule and cones that enclose the seed. “The video above shows the cockatoo handling the fruiting... Read More

Grey-breasted Spiderhunter feeding on Macaranga gigantea fruits

in Feeding-plants  on Sep 05, 14 No Comments »
Grey-breasted Spiderhunter feeding on Macaranga gigantea fruits “I had previously reported fruit feeding (frugivory) by spiderhunters, focused on the Common Mahang (Macaranga bancana) and other fruit. See: Frugivory by spiderhunter Arachnothera species in Peninsular Malaysia. BirdingASIA 20 (2013): 76–81. LINK. “Today I saw the Grey-breasted Spiderhunter (Arachnothera modesta modesta), and many other species of sunbirds, feeding on the fruit of the Giant Mahang (Macaranga gigantea) at two sites. The Giant Mahang grows up... Read More

Bats roosting in my porch: 5. Fruits, nectar and pollen

in Fauna, Feeding-plants, Plants  on Aug 13, 14 No Comments »
Bats roosting in my porch: 5. Fruits, nectar and pollen The Common Fruit Bat (Cynopterus brachyotis) that have been roosting in my porch brought with them fruits or portions of them to eat, littering the floor below with their bits and pieces. They have the habit of carrying the fruits to the roost to eat, although sometimes they also eat from the tree. Remnants of fruits that these bats left include figs (Ficus spp.), chiku (Manilkara zapota) (above), guava (Psidium guajava), date palm (Elaeis guineensis), mango (Mangifera... Read More

Common Flameback feeding on rambutan: Addendum

in Feeding-plants  on Jul 25, 14 4 Comments »
Common Flameback feeding on rambutan: Addendum The posting of the Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense) feeding on the ripe fruit of the rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum) on 22nd July received queries on whether the bird was actually eating the fruit or picking up ants that usually are found on the surface of the fruit LINK. Since then, Johnny Wee has managed to send in more images just taken from his garden… These show the Common Flameback pecking into the skin of the rambutan and picking up a small glob of white... Read More

Common Flameback feeding on rambutan

in Feeding-plants  on Jul 22, 14 2 Comments »
Common Flameback feeding on rambutan Johnny Wee photographed a Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense) pecking into the ripe fruit of the rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum) in his garden in July 2014. Although woodpeckers eat mostly insects, they also, to a certain extent, eat fruits and flower nectar. Common Flameback has also been reported to feed on the fruit of chempedak (Artocarpus integer) LINK.... Read More

LEAF MONKEYS FEEDING ON MORNING GLORY

LEAF MONKEYS FEEDING ON MORNING GLORY “On the afternoon of 22nd June 2014, while awaiting the closing ceremony of the Fraser’s Hill Bird Race, we were being amused and entertained by a family of White-thighed Leaf Monkeys (Presbytis siamensis), especially their adorable juveniles (above, below). “While the juveniles were playing amongst themselves and observing us with wide-eyed curiosity, the adults were diligently feeding on the lush growth of morning glory (Ipomoea cairica, family Convolvulaceae) on... Read More

Starling and bulbul feeding on mango fruit

Teo Lee Wei & K & K’s video clips show the feeding behaviour of a juvenile Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis) and a family of three Yellow-vented Bulbuls (Pycnonotus goiavier) feeding on the ripe fruit of the mango (Mangifer indica). The starling perches on the fruit stalk to peck on the flesh (above). After it has enough, it flies to a high-tension wire to clean its bill. With the family of Yellow-vented Bulbul, the three birds take turns to feast on... Read More