• 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,...

Pin-striped Tit-babbler: 1. Nesting

in Nesting  on Jun 28, 15 No Comments »
Pin-striped Tit-babbler: 1. Nesting “Was watching two adult Pin-striped Tit-babblers (Macronous gularis) and found it a bit odd that there were only two of them. Usually they are in a small social group. They were very accommodating and I was only a few meters away. Then, to my surprise, one of them made its way towards me, using the undergrowth, and then ‘disappeared’ into a clump of old grass and leaves just 2-3 meters from me. “The other adult tried to distract me at the same moment by flying... Read More

Sighting of Pin-tailed Whydah Juveniles

in Courtship-Mating, Nesting  on Jun 24, 15 3 Comments »
Sighting of Pin-tailed Whydah Juveniles “The courtship of the Pin-tailed Whydah (Vidua macroura) was first documented here in May 2013 LINK. “Two years later, in April/May 2015, many birders and photographers had congregated at the same location of Pulau Punggol Barat. This was after news spread that Pin-tailed Whydahs had been spotted and indulging in courtship displays (above). “The handsome male in breeding plumage with his very long black tail is already a sight to behold (above).... Read More

Adult Crimson-rumped Waxbill feeding fledglings

in Exotics, Nesting  on Jun 09, 15 1 Comment »
Adult Crimson-rumped Waxbill feeding fledglings Melinda and Chan Yoke Meng stumbled upon an adult Crimson-rumped Waxbill (Estrilda rhodopyga) feeding two fledglings sometime in 2014 (above). The juveniles, as with most juveniles, were not afraid of Melinda and Yoke Meng, allowing them to approach within a metre. These exotic waxbills were first reported in Punggol grassland in February 2011 LINK. Originating from East Africa, this common aviary species are obviously escapees. A few months later, Lena Chow reported... Read More

Little Cormorant – nesting material

in Nesting, Videography  on Jun 07, 15 No Comments »
Little Cormorant - nesting material “The Little Cormorant (Phalacrocorax niger) has been a rare migrant locally until my sighting in August 2013 of 10-12 migratory birds in one extended wetlands location. Prior to this there have been occasional individual birds seen infrequently (above). “Since August 2013 this flock, possibly up to 15 birds, has been sighted repeatedly along a 10-12 km extensive stretch of wetlands (ex-tin mining area with extensive pond/lakes, fish and duck farming). I have presumed... Read More

White-tailed Robin – nesting

in Nesting  on Jun 04, 15 No Comments »
White-tailed Robin – nesting “I was exploring a new trail today at this hill station and came across a female White-tailed Robin (Myiomela leucura leucura) with prey for the young (above). The image below shows a male with prey. “I kept my distance and watched as both parents brought animal prey, predominantly worms (no insects or fruit seen). “I managed to gradually identify the nesting location (above). It was a dark, full canopy location with light coming in only where a small stream... Read More

Black-throated Sunbird – female eating flowers

Black-throated Sunbird – female eating flowers “A female Black-throated Sunbird (Aethopyga saturate waryi) collecting nesting material from cut grass and bushes (above, below). “A female was also seen eating flowers of the Poikilospermum suaveolens (Family: Urticaceae) to get the nectar. “See also HERE and HERE.” Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia Location: 1,600m ASL, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia Habitat: A public road along primary montane forest Date: 11th and 22nd April... Read More

Little Spiderhunter – nesting behaviour

in Nesting  on May 27, 15 No Comments »
Little Spiderhunter – nesting behaviour “I had an opportunity to watch a pair of Little Spiderhunters (Arachnothera longirostra cinireicollis) look for a nesting site. “I was alerted to their presence when I saw active fluttering behaviour about 16-18 meters across a mining pool against the primary growth of the limestone. They were checking out one small bush as a potential nesting site. They were very good at fluttering in mid-air while they looked under almost every leaf. “The image here is a composite... Read More

Nest of the Common Myna

in Nesting  on May 25, 15 1 Comment »
Nest of the Common Myna “I recently (25th April 2015) found a myna nest in the cable connector box on the sixth floor of my block and managed to photograph the eggs. Very nice blue colour…” wrote Francis Lim, Singapore’s Snake Man and Mistletoe Hunter LINK. The nest was that of the Commn Myna (Acridotheres tristis) which was once common but now slowly being replaced by the more aggressive Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus) LINK. The nest, high up on the sixth floor of a high-rise... Read More

Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike – nest sanitation

in Nesting, Videography  on May 15, 15 No Comments »
Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike – nest sanitation “I have continued to monitor one pair of Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrikes (Hemipus picatus intermedius) nesting LINK. “They have one chick that they are currently feeding. Had an opportunity to see nest sanitation. The episode occurred immediately after feeding. I was not able to determine any ‘signal’ that the parent gave the chick. “The faecal sac extruded was eaten by the parent. Frank B. Gill (Ornithology, WH Freeman & Co, 3rd Revised edition, 2006) states... Read More

Olive-backed Sunbird collecting fruits of Porophyllum ruderale (F: Asteraceae)

in Nesting, Plants  on May 08, 15 No Comments »
Olive-backed Sunbird collecting fruits of Porophyllum ruderale (F: Asteraceae) On 18th April 2015 Thong Chow Ngian photographed a female Olive-backed Sunbird (Nectarinia jugularis) harvesting nesting material at Ponggol Barat grassland. The sunbird was working its way from the top to the bottom of the approximately half a metre tall shrub (above). With its bill full of dried fruits (above, below), it flew off to its secret nesting site. The sunbird returned to the same shrub several times to gather more dried fruits. It was so engrossed with the... Read More