• 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,...

© Endemic Seed Foragers at Dasyueshan NFRA – Taiwan

© Endemic Seed Foragers at Dasyueshan NFRA - Taiwan “Taiwan- a small island of approx. 36,000 sq. kilometres, surrounded by its waters- geographically helps contain and sustain high percentages of endemic birds; especially ground dwellers in its undulating mountains and valleys. Together with good, effective forest management policies and excellent maintenance, many of its Forest Recreation Areas are well preserved, wild life protected and enjoyed by their citizens and visitors alike. “There are numerous... Read More

Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot – immature female feeding on Macaranga gigantea fruits and leaf galls

Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot – immature female feeding on Macaranga gigantea fruits and leaf galls “Returned to the same tree today and spotted 2 Blue-crowned Hanging Parrots (Loriculus galgulus) feeding on the fruit of the Giant Mahang (Macaranga gigantea) (above). This was not unexpected as I have seen them feed on the Common Mahang (Macaranga bancana), a behaviour I saw a number of times today. They usually turn up later than other birds; usually midmorning. “What is unusual is the subsequent feeding I observed. Some of the leave of this tree have ‘growths’.... Read More

Blue-crowned Hanging-parrot eats Alexandra Palm flowers

One evening in May 2015, a strange sound caused me to rush outside into my garden. There, clinging around the whitish inflorescence branches of one of my Alexandra palms (Archontophoenix alexandrae) was a Blue-crowned Hanging-parrot (Loriculus galgulus). The hanging-parrot was plucking and eating the whitish flowers for their nectar. According to Collar (1997), the food of this hanging-parrot includes flowers of Erythrina and Durian (Durio zibethinus). Wells (1999)... Read More

Red-whiskered Bulbul and Singapore Rhododendron

in Feeding-plants  on Aug 19, 15 No Comments »
Red-whiskered Bulbul and Singapore Rhododendron Singapore Rhododendron (Melastoma malabathricum) is a common exotic weedy shrub found in open areas all over Singapore. The fruits are sought after by birds that in turn help spread the seeds – see below, extracted from this LINK. The above image of the Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus) was taken on 10th May 2015 in my garden. The image below was taken two months... Read More

Olive-backed Sunbird and Hoya spp.

in Feeding-plants  on Aug 09, 15 2 Comments »
Olive-backed Sunbird and Hoya spp. Inspired by our post on plants and the birds they attract LINK, KF Yap wrote in to say that he had observed the Olive-backed Sunbird (Nectarinia jugularis) visiting three of his Hoya species: H. diversifolia (above-left), H. verticillata (above-right) and H. australis to sip on the flower nectar. Thanks to KF who is an avid collector of Hoya species, we now have a new plant genus to add to our list of plants and the birds they attract. Addendum: “Two interesting facts... Read More

© Go Nectarivore With Wild Birds at Sepilok – N. Borneo

in Feeding-plants  on Aug 06, 15 No Comments »
© Go Nectarivore With Wild Birds at Sepilok -  N. Borneo “Avenues that lead to the Orang Hutan Rehabilitation Centre and Rain Forest Discovery Centre (RDC) are lined with purple flowered Lagerstroemia trees and other ornamental plants and flowers. “Many trees are impregnated with epiphytic mistletoes and play hosts to numeral species of sunbirds and flowerpeckers for their nectar/berries. “A Bottlebrush tree (Callistemon lanceolatus) was in full bloom. It attracted three species of spiderhunters for their nectar. “A... Read More

Immature Verditer Flycatcher feeding on Common Mahang fruits

in Feeding-plants  on Aug 02, 15 No Comments »
Immature Verditer Flycatcher feeding on Common Mahang fruits “I have been seeing a number of Verditer Flycatchers (Eumyias thalassinus) come to feed on the Common Mahang (Macaranga bancana) fruit over the past 2 weeks. “Usually adults but today an immature. They are hard to capture with fruit in the beak as they fly up suddenly, snatch a fruit, return to new perch and swallow it. Seen numerous episodes over past 2 weeks. Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia 21st July 2015 Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh,... Read More

Birds and rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum) fruits

in Feeding-plants  on Aug 01, 15 1 Comment »
Birds and rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum) fruits During the 2015 Rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum) season, Johnny Wee documented five new species of birds feeding on the fruits in his garden: 1. Blue-crowned Hanging-parrot (Loriculus galgulus) (top, above). This has earlier been reported by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia LINK. 2. Red-breasted Parakeet (Psittacula alexandri) (above). 3. Juvenile Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis) (above). 4. Javan Myna (Acridotheres fuscus) (above). 5.... Read More

© Go Fruity With Wild Birds at Sepilok – N. Borneo

in Feeding-plants  on Jul 29, 15 No Comments »
© Go Fruity With Wild Birds at Sepilok - N. Borneo “At first dawn light, I would be ready for the morning walk. “The slightest sound of my footsteps on gravel path sent foraging green pigeons on a scrambling flight off a fig tree canopy. There were more than 20 of these birds feeding on ripened figs that looked like garlic bulbs with stems growing from branches in clusters. “Infested tree foliages with many tiny holes accounted for several visiting insectivore bird species. “Two pigeon species foraged on figs... Read More

© Go Carambolas With Wild Birds in Sepilok – N.Borneo

in Feeding-plants  on Jul 23, 15 No Comments »
© Go Carambolas With Wild Birds in Sepilok - N.Borneo “A tropical, succulent fruit when matured grows to about 10cm in length. When ripened, tastes sweet with an astringent finish. Shaped like a 5-pointed star when sliced cross-sectioned, is known to locals as Starfruit (Averrhoa carambola) and is also commercially grown (left). “When left unplucked in private fruit gardens or orchard, ripen fruits become hosts to several species of birds. Some were observed to peck and swallow its flesh, some chewed to extract its... Read More