• 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,...

© Scaly-Breasted Munia Eats Canine Excreta at Sepilok – N. Borneo

in Miscellaneous  on Aug 18, 15 No Comments »
© Scaly-Breasted Munia Eats Canine Excreta at Sepilok - N. Borneo “A stroll survey along village road caught my attention of fresh canine excreta. My presence flushed small flocks of three munia species foraging along roadside of overgrown grass lallang (Imperata cylindrical). “A pair of Bornean endemic – Dusky Munia (Lonchura fuscans) featured here (above). “Cousin Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata) flew onto the road and with much curiosity decided to peck at the canine poo (above). “Having tasted the 1st... Read More

LITTLE EGRET DEFAECATION VIDEOS

LITTLE EGRET DEFAECATION VIDEOS “In March 2015, I was hot on the heels of a Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) which had been busy fishing along a canal during the low tide episodes. I was impressed with its toilet manners, as each time it needed to answer Nature’s call, it would consistently walk away from the main waterway before excusing itself (above). The faeces would be discharged as a milky white squirt. “A video compilation of its multiple visits to the restroom may be previewed... Read More

Mangrove Whistler Spotted at Tampines Eco Green

in Miscellaneous  on Aug 07, 15 2 Comments »
Mangrove Whistler Spotted at Tampines Eco Green “The Mangrove Whistler (Pachycephala cinerea) is a rare resident that has not been seen on mainland Singapore for a very long time. The only known location where this bird can be found regularly is the off shore island of Pulau Hantu. “Surprised to encounter this bird at Tampines Eco Green, which seemed to be the Mangrove Whistler. Sharing these images here for verification as well as to make known about its presence on mainland Singapore. Hopeful that I am... Read More

Avian Non-verbal communication

in Miscellaneous, Parrots  on Jul 19, 15 3 Comments »
Avian Non-verbal communication “I had a strange encounter at a shopping mall in Seoul this morning. “I was walking to the pets section of the supermarket not unlike our pet lovers chain here in Singapore. “I have a 4 month old cockatiel at home and we are all very close to it and I always have a look at birds section of all the pet shop I pass by. “This enclosure had a sliding front glass pane access. Inside was a pair of cockatiels and Pied Kakariki [also known as Red-fronted Parakeet or... Read More

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo in Unihemispheric Slow-wave Sleep

in Miscellaneous  on Jul 07, 15 No Comments »
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo in Unihemispheric Slow-wave Sleep “I first learned about birds’ ability to sleep with only one eye closed when this was posted: LINK. From Wikipedia, unihemispheric slow-wave sleep (USWS) is the ability to sleep with one half of the brain while the other half remains alert. More information on this phenomenon can be found HERE. “A Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus), a common resident here, was encountered recently. This drongo had lost one of its rackets (above left) and... Read More

Black-shouldered Kite regurgitation or vomiting?

in Miscellaneous, Raptors  on May 14, 15 No Comments »
Black-shouldered Kite regurgitation or vomiting? On 21st April 2015, Melinda Chan sent in two images of a juvenile Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus) photographed by Chan Yoke Meng (above, below). The kite was on a high perch spewing a sticky substance. There were two other juvenile kites on the same tree. They had a flock of Red-breasted Parakeets (Psittacula alexandri) as well as a single Hahn’s Macaw for company. Was the kite regurgitating or vomiting? According to the literature, regurgitation is part of... Read More

Barred Buttonquail – female “bluffing behaviour”

in Miscellaneous  on May 06, 15 No Comments »
Barred Buttonquail – female “bluffing behaviour” “I accidently surprised this female Barred Buttonquail (Turnix suscitator atrogularis). She responded by turning, looking straight at me with a piercing look, fluffing up the plumage as well as bowing down repeatedly, lifting up the back. This went on for about 30-40 seconds. Although I was near the bird, I was imaging her through some undergrowth so videos were difficult. “The last time I posted this behaviour Hans Peeters was kind enough to comment:... Read More

Follow BESG on Facebook…

in Miscellaneous  on Apr 02, 15 No Comments »
Follow BESG on Facebook… All along we have been using YahooGroups (BESGroup, pigeon-holes and nature-singapore) to communicate with members – mainly to inform them of our postings. Now, thanks to Amelia Yeo, we have a Facebook page – LINK. Anyone who has been following our daily postings would have known that we give priority to issues of bird ecology, especially bird behavior and the inter-dependency of birds, plants and other faunal groups like mammals, amphibians, reptiles, insects,... Read More

Chestnut-backed Scimitar-babbler: Opinion solicited on this behaviour

in Miscellaneous  on Mar 31, 15 2 Comments »
Chestnut-backed Scimitar-babbler: Opinion solicited on this behaviour On 30th March 2015, Simon van der Meulen wrote to Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS” about an unusual behavior of a Chestnut-backed Scimitar-babbler (Pomatorhinus montanus) that he documented in Thailand: “I recently visited the Hala Bala WLS in South Thailand; I was actually a few hundred meters from the Malaysian border. There we encountered a Chestnut-backed Scimitar-babbler and I’m somewhat struggling to understand its initial display as shown in enclosed picture. As it... Read More

NATIONAL BUTTERFLY Campaign: It’s time to VOTE for our National Butterfly

NATIONAL BUTTERFLY  Campaign: It’s time to VOTE for our National Butterfly  What better time than Singapore’s 50th year to reflect on our natural heritage? Come 21 Mar 2015, Nature Society (Singapore) or NSS plans to do just that! The National Butterfly campaign will be launched to make the public more aware of the importance of butterflies to the well being of our environment and the need to protect them and their forest habitat where most butterflies live. They will also be educated on current losses and threats to butterflies of Singapore.... Read More