• 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,...

Grey-breasted Spiderhunter feeds on coconut flower nectar and calls

Grey-breasted Spiderhunter feeds on coconut flower nectar and calls “I have often seen the Grey-breasted Spiderhunter (Arachnothera modesta modesta) feed on the nectar of coconut flowers LINK. This was an extended observation (above). “It seemed to pick certain flowers, possibly the ones that were open and with nectar. All sort of postures were used to gain access (above). “I once saw it appear to use the foot to gain access to a flower (above) but cannot be fully certain. “The classical calls can be heard HERE with a sonogram... Read More

Grey-breasted Spiderhunter and Musa ’1000 Fingers’

in Feeding-plants  on Dec 08, 14 No Comments »
Grey-breasted Spiderhunter and Musa '1000 Fingers' “When I posted an earlier image of the Grey-breasted Spiderhunter (Arachnothera modesta modesta) nectar feeding on the banana flowers of Musa ’1000 Fingers’, I suspect few appreciated my description of this Malaysian banana. The above image shows the spiderhunter with its bill covered with pollen. “I had another opportunity and this time made sure I zoomed out as much as possible to show this magnificent fruiting plant. The image on the left does not show... Read More

Grey-breasted Spiderhunter feeding on Musa ornata nectar

in Feeding-plants  on Dec 01, 14 4 Comments »
Grey-breasted Spiderhunter feeding on Musa ornata nectar “Been wanting to document this feeding that I have seen a number of times… feeding by the Grey-breasted Spiderhunter (Arachnothera modesta modesta) on the nectar of Wild Banana (Musa ornata) (above). “The bird will probe every flower rapidly, often not putting the beak fully in but, I suspect, using the long tongue to get to the nectar (above). Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia 15th November 2014 Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak,... Read More

Red-whiskered Bulbul taking nectar from the Golden Penda flowers

in Feeding-plants  on Nov 30, 14 No Comments »
Red-whiskered Bulbul taking nectar from the Golden Penda flowers The Golden Penda (Xanthostemon chrysanthus), an exotic tree introduced from Australia, is commonly planted along roads in Singapore. It flowers profusely during certain months of the year, covering the crown with thick bunches of yellow blossoms that last a few days (above). So far we have reported Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis) as seen in this LINK and Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot (Loriculus galgulus), Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus),... Read More

Little Spiderhunter feeding nectar from Allamanda flowers

in Feeding-plants  on Nov 28, 14 No Comments »
Little Spiderhunter feeding nectar from Allamanda flowers “Often bird watching is a mixture of knowledge of the bird’s habitat and behaviour, chance and environmental conditions. Went back to the fringe of the forest reserve where I had seen spiderhunters enter gardens homes to feed on nectar. This is about 500m from primary jungle. It had rained the day before and last night, so the birds were hungry. “A number of Spiderhunters were present for an hour feeding on almost every flowering plant and offered great... Read More

Grey-breasted Spiderhunter – nectar feeding

in Feeding-plants  on Nov 25, 14 No Comments »
Grey-breasted Spiderhunter – nectar feeding “A dismal day with much drizzle and dark clouds but this Grey-breasted Spiderhunter (Arachnothera modesta modesta) made up for it. Met it at the fringe of the forest reserve where it had entered the gardens of some homes to feed on nectar. “The above image was surprise – feeding on Clerodendrum thomsoniae (Bleeding-Heart Vine) nectar. “The spiderhunter also fed on the nectar of Musa ’1000 Fingers’ (a very, very long banana fruiting stem that has 1,000s... Read More

©Meet Six Bulbul Species Foraging Berries – Callicarpa glabrifolis

in Feeding-plants  on Nov 15, 14 1 Comment »
©Meet Six Bulbul Species Foraging Berries - Callicarpa glabrifolis “A revisit to Lambir Hills (Approx.465m a.s.l.), Sarawak in August, 2014 with a seasonal difference did not disappoint me. “The highlight of the birding trip turned out to be – a three metre tall bush, roundish in contour with green, luscious heart-shaped foliages. The mature bush planted in vicinity of Park Headquarters’ compound was crowned with a profusion of clustered berries in three stages of coloured maturity- green, white and black. “Here dripping in... Read More

Little Spiderhunter – nectar feeding and sexing

Little Spiderhunter  – nectar feeding and sexing “Had an opportunity to watch an adult Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera longirostra cinereicollis) at close range for an extended period with lots of images. “This spiderhunter feeds on the flower nectar of Papaya (Carica papaya) (top) and Banana (Musa sp.) (above). “Posting this image (above, below) as it show the underside of wing and pectoral region. There are varying opinions about sexing in this species summarised below” 1. Wells (2007) The birds of the... Read More

Adult male Lesser Yellownape feeding on fruits

Adult male Lesser Yellownape feeding on fruits “As I mentioned earlier LINK, I observed this Lesser Yellownape (Picus chlorolophus) fruit feeding. “It had been raining for 2 hours and when it stopped the birds were hungry and we observed a number of mixed-foraging parties. “One mixed-foraging party comprised this male Lesser Yellownape with a pair of Little Cuckoo-doves (Macropygia ruficeps), 6-7 Silver-eared Mesias (Leiothrix argentauris), 2 female Yellow-rumped Flycatchers (Ficedula zanthopygia), 1 Asian... Read More

Everett’s White-eye feeding on Poikilospermum nectar

in Feeding-plants  on Nov 07, 14 No Comments »
Everett's White-eye feeding on Poikilospermum nectar “The epiphytic climber Poikilospermum suaveolens (Family: Urticaceae) is favourite of many birds, see: LINK. “In the past I have seen three birds feed on (eat) the flowers to get to the nectar: 1. Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush (Garrulax mitratus) LINK. 2. Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis) LINK. 3. Streaked Spiderhunters (Arachnothera magna) LINK. “Today at this [Cameron Highlands] hill station I saw the Everett’s White-eye doing doing... Read More