• 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,...

Pipit for ID – Anthus richardi vs Anthus rufulus

Pipit for ID - Anthus richardi vs Anthus rufulus “I have been looking at almost every Pipit I have come across, for years, to try and identify any migratory Richard’s Pipit (Anthus richardi) from our local Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus). “Today I saw this pipit whose behaviour made me consider it as a possibility. I was in the car when I spotted it – a robust looking, solitary bird, stationary in the grass. I stopped 3-4 meters away, using the car as a hide, but the bird did not move. This alone was... Read More

Migrating Black-browed Reed-warbler in Perak, Malaysia

Migrating Black-browed Reed-warbler in Perak, Malaysia “This post is a culmination of 6 visits to the same site over the past 2.5 months. I have been trying to get to know reed-warblers better and have identified a location where three different migrant species have wintered – the Pallas’s Grasshopper-warbler (Locustella certhiola), Black-browed Reed-warbler (Acrocephalus bistrigiceps) (above, below) and the Oriental Reed-warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis). “The location is a vast one with many, large ex-mining... Read More

Injured Blue-winged Pitta

Injured Blue-winged Pitta “The extended neighbourhood are aware that we are avid bird watchers, so when a bird is in trouble we get contacted. In the late evening, a neighbour asked for help for a ‘beautiful bird’ that hit their tinted glass window. After 3 hours the bird still would not fly. “We reluctantly took over; reluctantly as we have had some bad experiences caring for hurt birds, losing some, and it is heart breaking. “It was a brilliant Blue-winged Pitta (Pitta moluccensis)... 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

Second sighting of the Band-bellied Crake in Singapore

Second sighting of the Band-bellied Crake in Singapore On 28th February 2014, a Band-bellied Crake (Porzana paykullii) was sighted at Singapore’s Chinese Garden. This rare winter visitor comes from the Russian Far East (its breeding grounds), NE China and Korea (Taylor, 1966). In winters it migrates to Southeast Asia – Central Thailand, Vietnam, Peninsular Malaysia, North Sumatra, Java and North Borneo – now, Singapore. Jeremiah Loei’s two images above and Lena Chow’s video clip below show the second sighting of... 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

Blue-winged Pitta and the Changeable Lizard

Jeremiah Loei was at Singapore’s Bididari LINK in October 2013 to observe the Blue-winged Pitta (Pitta moluccensis). This attractively coloured bird is an uncommon winter visitor and passage migrant that arrives around October to leave in the early part of April. The Blue-winged Pitta was lurking in the undergrowth when it suddenly flew into the open, landing close to a resting Changeable Lizard (Calotes versicolor). The lizard made a grab at the pitta, missing it by... Read More

Arrival of the Jerdon’s Bazas – November 2013

“The Jerdon’s Baza (Aviceda jerdoni) is rarely seen in Singapore and considered to be a rare passage migrant. I must be very fortunate to encounter a few Jerdon’s Bazas at Pasir Ris Park recently (above). “During the first encounter on 23rd November 2013, five little specks were first noticed high overhead. Yes, five Jerdon’s Bazas were in the sky! Only managed to capture four of them together in one photo. A short while later, at least three... Read More

Migratory birds arrive in an Ipoh neighbourhood

Migratory birds arrive in an Ipoh neighbourhood “The migratory season is in ‘full bloom’ and our highlight this year has been a Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) in the neighbourhood. “Shrikes are having a good year again and the Powder Puff bush (Calliandra emarginata) adjacent to our ‘magic’ kitchen window has been commandeered by a noisy first winter Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) (above). It sits there to preen and feed. The sad result is that our smaller birds (tailorbird, sunbirds, ioras) now give the... Read More

Pacific Golden Plover feeding

Pacific Golden Plover feeding “In their wintering area, the Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva) is quoted as feeding primarily on bivalves and other molluscs. “Saw this bird primarily feeds on insects and other animal matter in the fields at Malim Nawar Wetlands, Perak, Malaysia (above, below). Known to feed on terrestrial invertebrates, berries, leaves and seeds at the breeding grounds. “Some views of the non-breeding adult Pacific Golden Plover. Can look quite different in different... Read More