• 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,...

Slaty Flowerpiercer’s feeding strategy to steal flower nectar

Slaty Flowerpiercer's feeding strategy to steal flower nectar “It was with great luck and amazement that I was able to observe the feeding strategy that was being practiced half a world away in Costa Rica. My first encounter of this was in Singapore along my balcony when an Olive Backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) pierced the base of the Episcia cupreata ‘Acajou’ flower to get at the nectar LINK. “In Costa Rica’s Valley of San Gerardo de Dota, specifically at the Sevegre Lodge, the same phenomenon unfolded before me.... Read More

Asian Openbill – feeding technique

Asian Openbill – feeding technique “Large numbers of migrants Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans) again this year (see last year’s visit HERE and HERE. “I saw in excess of 110 in a single flock. Managed to get close to watch the feeding behaviour, see the composite image (above). They are very adept at getting at the soft body of the freshwater Golden Apple Snail (Pomacea canaliculata) without damaging the shell. “I believe this was first described by Kahl M.P. 1971. Food and feeding behavior of... Read More

Blue-winged Leafbird foraging in a bird wave

Blue-winged Leafbird foraging in a bird wave “One of the joys of jungle bird watching is have a bird ‘wave’ (mixed foraging party) ‘wash’ over you. All you need to do is stop and just watch (naked eye) as they feed all around. Some Blue-winged Leafbirds (Chloropsis cochinchinensis moluccensis) were very kind to allow close up images of foraging. “Their classical style for animal prey is to check out every curled or folded leaf (above, below). “The image below is of an adult... Read More

Lesser Sand-plover foraging

Lesser Sand-plover (Charadrius mongolus), previously known as Mongolian Plover, is a common winter visitor and passage migrant to Singapore. It arrives in early July and leaves towards the end of June. Jeremiah Loei’s video clip of three Lesser Sand-plovers was documented at Pasir Ris on 11th August 2012. The plovers, one non-breeding and two breeding adults, were foraging in the intertidal zone. Moving along the sandy beach, they pecked on the surface sand to pick up... Read More

Barn Swallow Foraging Aquatic Prey

Barn Swallow Foraging Aquatic Prey “The Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) is the most widespread species of swallow in the world. Barn Swallows feed mostly on their wings; manoeuvring with ease to catch flying insects in the air. They will also forage at low height; even within just a metre or two above ground (above) as well as over water bodies. “When flying over water, Barn Swallows are often seen skimming just above the water surface; bills dipped in the water very briefly. Some of us may have... Read More

White-headed Munia – feeding technique

White-headed Munia – feeding technique “Rather than do the conventional feeding of climbing up an unstable reed they have elected to feed on grain that has fallen to the ground. “A mixture of adults and juveniles. “Seen this feeding behaviour of the White-headed Munia (Lonchura maja maja) previously. The grain in question is the Elephant grass (Pennisetum purpureum) a favourite foods of all the munias and Baya Weaver. Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia 9th January 2014 Location:... Read More

Emerald Dove foraging

Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica) feeds mainly on seeds and fruits. These are picked from the ground, although it may occasionally be seen in trees feeding on the fruits. It forages on the ground, either walking around or running, alone or in pairs. Occasionally it also takes invertebrates like insects and snails.... Read More

Tiger Shrike eats Bridelia tomentosa fruit

Tiger Shrike eats Bridelia tomentosa fruit The Kenidai (Bridelia tomentosa) is a smallish tree commonly found in secondary forests (above). It has small, rounded, green fruits that ripen black. These fruits are clustered along the fruiting branch. In January 2014 Chan Yoke Meng and Melinda Chan encountered a Tiger Shrike (Lanius tigrinus) picking up a ripened fruit of this plant and flying to a nearby tree where it landed on a broken branch (above). The shrike moved to the broken tip of the branch and wedged... Read More

Jerdon’s Minivet foraging on the ground

Jerdon's Minivet foraging on the ground “Just back from a fruitful birding trip in Myanmar. We managed to see all 7 of Myanmar’s endemic bird species, and many more lifers, in just 4 days at Mount Victoria and Bagan. Here are pics of 2 of them which showed rather well, as well as accompanying videos. “Jerdon’s Minivet, a recent split from White-bellied Minivet (Pericrocotus erythropygius). Here’s a pic of a handsome male (below left), as well as a video of the male and a female... Read More

Milky Stork show opportunistic feeding behaviour

Milky Stork show opportunistic feeding behaviour Samson Tan was at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve last month when he encountered Milky Storks (Mycteria cinerea) showing opportunistic feeding behaviour LINK. A Smooth-coated Otter (Lutrogale perspicillata) moved to the shallow part of the pond after catching a large fish (above). As it was about to eat the fish, a Milky Stork approached. The stork moved away with its catch (below). Two other storks also noticed the otter with the fish and approached the latter... Read More