• 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,...

Baya Weaver – more nectar feeding

in Feeding-plants  on Apr 21, 15 No Comments »
Baya Weaver – more nectar feeding “I returned to this site today to do some follow up bird work. I again observed Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus infortunatus), possibly the same flock, feeding on nectar. I initially spotted them feeding on the nectar of the Water Jambu (Syzygium samarangense) and later again on the Callistemon sp. (Bottlebrush) trees. Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia 12th April 2015 Location: Tambun Interior, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia Habitat: Secondary growth near limestone... Read More

Fire-breasted (Buff-bellied) Flowerpecker eating fruits

Fire-breasted (Buff-bellied) Flowerpecker eating fruits “Saw four of these delightful Fire-breasted (Buff-bellied) Flowerpecker (Dicaeum ignipectus dolichorhynchum) feeding on one of their favourite and regular foods. “They pierce the fruit with the upper mandible until a hole is created. They then suck out the juice and pulp to feed on. The contents are very sticky and leave long trails. “Over the years I have watched this activity, it often it appears that the juice is the primary focus. “A short hand held video... Read More

Yellow-vented Bulbul and Singapore Rhododendron fruit

Yellow-vented Bulbul and Singapore Rhododendron fruit I was waiting for the attractive Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum) to video-record it taking the fruits of Singapore Rhododendron (Melastoma malabathricum). Instead the Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) flew in and ate up all the fruits (above). We have a number of posts on the colourful Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker LINK but only a brief mention of the Yellow-vented Bulbul eating the fruits LINK. This bulbul is a common bird of urban areas. As such... Read More

Large Niltava – pellet or food regurgitation?

in Feeding-plants, Pellets  on Apr 03, 15 No Comments »
Large Niltava – pellet or food regurgitation? “We had an opportunity to watch a pair of nesting Large Niltavas (Niltava grandis decipiens). We saw an odd behaviour by the adult male and would appreciate any opinions. “The pair was cautious of our presence so we kept our distance. On one occasion the male came to ‘check us out’ (above). While we were watching it suddenly had an odd jerking movement and regurgitated a large blue object (Composite of 6 serial images below). “There are two possibilities to... Read More

Crimson Sunbird feeding on nectar of Raffles Dischidia flowers

in Feeding-plants  on Mar 30, 15 No Comments »
Crimson Sunbird feeding on nectar of Raffles Dischidia flowers “During a guided walk on the Chek Jawa boardwalk on 14th March 2014, Ria Tan of Wild Singapore noticed a Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja) hopping up and down the length of an ant-house plant, Raffled Dischidia (Dischidia major) growing on a coconut tree. “It appeared to feed when it stopped. From the photos, it appears to be feeding on the flowers of the... Read More

Asian Glossy Starlings eating Alexandra Palm fruits

Asian Glossy Starlings eating Alexandra Palm fruits It was around 1900 hours when the mostly juvenile Asian Glossy Starlings (Aplonis panayensis) were gathering around my Ceram Palms (Rhopaloblaste ceramica) before they fly off to roost in some large roadside trees nearby. The noise from their combined calls was loud and this would go on from about 20 minutes or so. At the same time the starlings were also gathering in the shorter trees along the road. At this time one of my Alexandra palms (Archontophoenix alexandrae) was... Read More

Orange-bellied Leafbird – nectar feeding

in Feeding-plants  on Mar 27, 15 2 Comments »
Orange-bellied Leafbird – nectar feeding “There has been some uncertainty as to the role of nectar in the diet of leafbirds. 1. “Wikipedia LINK quoting Wells, David (2005), ‘Family Chloropseidae (Leafbirds)’, in del Hoyo, Josep; Elliott, Andrew; Christie, David, Handbook of the Birds of the World states: ‘The extent to which the leafbirds consume nectar is a matter of some debate, records are more common in Southern Asia compared to South East Asia.’ 2. “Most descriptions of leafbirds mention... Read More

Happy Yellow-vented Bulbuls

Happy Yellow-vented Bulbuls “The clips below capture the few enraptured moments that the Yellow-vented Bulbul(s) (Pycnonotus goiavier) enjoyed during the month of October 2014. The Curry Leaf Bush (Murraya koenigii) fruits were ripening in abundance and the bulbuls feasted and sang and danced in the rain. “The Curry Leaf Bush fruit was obviously huge and the bulbul manipulated the fruit until the seed dropped off. Then the whole fruit was flattened to shape and swallowed in one gulp (above). Yum... Read More

Tui feeding on flower nectar of New Zealand flax

Tui feeding on flower nectar of New Zealand flax “Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae) is a honeyeater endemic to New Zealand. It appears black with a characteristic white lace collar formed by white feathers. The black feathers appear iridescent when seen from different angles. A pair of white feathers at the throat gives away its identity even when viewed from an unfavourable light angle. “It is a rather noisy bird with varied vocalization. Like the lyre bird of Australian fame, it is capable of imitating... Read More

Bats and the two banana plants that were flowering: Part 2

in Fauna, Feeding-plants, Plants  on Jan 27, 15 No Comments »
Bats and the two banana plants that were flowering: Part 2 An early post showed that Cave Nectar Bats (Eonycteris spelaea) prefer male banana flowers that were found at the lower end of the inflorescence branch than the female flowers found at the upper portion LINK. Less than a week later, the older banana plant (Musa ‘Cavendish”) had begun putting forth only male flowering hands (above). The younger plant bearing the newly inflorescence branch had by then gone through a few hands of female flowers (below). Observations were... Read More