• 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-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

Asian Glossy Starling eating Ceram Palm fruits

It was about 1800 hours in the evening and the Asian Glossy Starlings (Aplonis panayensis) were gathering in preparation for their night roost elsewhere LINK. As usual the two Ceram Palms (Rhopaloblaste ceramica) in my garden were the main gathering points. In this instance one of the palms with a bunch of ripe fruits attracted a number of juvenile Asian Glossy Starlings. Birds like Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopacea) LINK, Pied Imperial-pigeons (Ducula bicolour) LINK and... Read More

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker and its black excrements

in Feeding-plants  on Jun 14, 15 2 Comments »
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker and its black excrements Chan Yoke Meng was photographing a male Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum) feasting on the succulent fruits of Singapore Rhododendron (Melastoma malabathricum) when the bird suddenly defecated. What came out from the vent (the external opening of the cloaca) was a string of sticky, blackish waste. Being sticky, the blackish mass was stuck to the bird’s vent. It had to wipe its posterior against the branch to get rid of it. This effectively transferred the... Read More

Black-throated Sunbird – female eating flowers

Black-throated Sunbird – female eating flowers “A female Black-throated Sunbird (Aethopyga saturate waryi) collecting nesting material from cut grass and bushes (above, below). “A female was also seen eating flowers of the Poikilospermum suaveolens (Family: Urticaceae) to get the nectar. “See also HERE and HERE.” Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia Location: 1,600m ASL, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia Habitat: A public road along primary montane forest Date: 11th and 22nd April... Read More

Purple-naped Sunbird – nectar feeding

in Feeding-plants, Sunbirds  on May 30, 15 No Comments »
Purple-naped Sunbird – nectar feeding “Spotted Purple-naped Sunbirds (Hypogramma hypogrammicum nuchale) on two occasions, 1.5 km apart, feeding on the tiny flowers of this creeping epiphyte that is found on a few trees (above female, below male). “On the first instance a pair was visiting every single tiny pink-red flower for nectar. On the second I saw only a single female. The heads of the birds were stained with white sap due to this action (see top image). “This creeping epiphyte is the Dischidia... Read More

Crimson-breasted and Yellow-breasted Flowerpeckers feeding on Melastoma malabathricum fruits

in Feeding-plants  on May 18, 15 No Comments »
Crimson-breasted and Yellow-breasted Flowerpeckers feeding on Melastoma malabathricum fruits “Many flowerpecker came to feed on the Straits Rhododendron (Melastoma malabathricum), offering close views. “Top and above show a male Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker (Prionochilus percussus ignicapilla) feeding, while below is the female. “Another visitor to the Straits Rhododendron was the Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker (Prionochilus maculatus), a male (below). But more shy and much less often seen. Locally near threatened (Wells 2007).” Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh... Read More

Everett’s White-eye feeding on nectar and ants

Everett's White-eye feeding on nectar and ants “The Everett’s White-eye (Zosterops everetti tahanensis) have a large diet, with much still undocumented. “I was watching a small flock take insects when they stopped to feed on the nectar of the Callistemon sp. (Bottlebrushe) trees by the road side (above). “When feeding on insects, they were predominantly taking ants, which was a bit of a surprise to me (above). The ants were eaten and not used for ‘anting’” Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS Ipoh, Perak,... Read More

Red-shouldered Macaw eating flowers and seeds of the Rain Tree

in Feeding-plants, Parrots  on May 10, 15 No Comments »
Red-shouldered Macaw eating flowers and seeds of the Rain Tree Chan Yoke Meng photographed this Red-shouldered Macaw or Hahn’s Macaw (Diopsittaca nobilis) eating the florets and fruits of the Rain Tree (Samanea saman, now Albizia saman). The presence of a ring on right foot points to its escapee status. It probably escaped from Jurong Bird Park or the local bird trade. The macaw picked up the small florets, eatng the basal portion where the nectar is and discarding the many long stamens (top). It also seek out the fruits,... Read More

Baya Weaver – nectar feeding

in Feeding-plants  on May 09, 15 No Comments »
Baya Weaver – nectar feeding “I have said this before and it continues to be true – the longer I watch birds the more I realise how little I am aware of their behaviour and how more there is to discover. In addition birds are also changing and may learn new behaviours. “I spotted a small flock of 7-8 Baya Weavers (Ploceus philippinus infortunatus) feeding on the nectar of the Bottlebrush trees (Callistemon sp.). This came as a total surprise to me. I have seen them take a large range of... Read More