• 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,...

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

Fruiting of the MacArthur Palm

Fruiting of the MacArthur Palm My MacArthur Palm (Ptycospermun macarthuri) fruited in late February to early March 2015. And every evening a number of Asian Glossy Starlings (Aplonis panayensis) came to feed on the ripe fruits. The starlings were joined by a few Yellow-vented Bulbuls (Pycnonotus goiavier) and Javan Mynas (Acridotheres javanicus). The starlings seem to coexist with the bulbuls and mynas as there were no fights. This could be because there were enough fruits for all. One interesting... Read More

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