• 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,...

GLOSSY SWIFTLETS COLLECTING NESTING MATERIAL

GLOSSY SWIFTLETS COLLECTING NESTING MATERIAL “Many who have been to Fraser’s Hill, Peninsular Malaysia for nature appreciation and birdwatching would be familiar with the resident Glossy Swiftlets (Collocalia esculenta), with their healthy roost in a barricaded garage (above). This has been their safe haven for multiple generations and they continue to live and breed here to this day. “On the evening of 22nd March 2014, an aerial assembly of Glossy Swiftlets caught our attention as they were circling intently... Read More

Blue-crowned Hanging-parrot at the nesting hole

in Nesting, Parrots  on Apr 18, 14 No Comments »
Blue-crowned Hanging-parrot at the nesting hole “I occasionally like to sit at the riverbank along Boat Quay during lunchtime. In early part of March this year, while sitting under a tree I heard the familiar call of a Blue-crowned Hanging-parrot (Loriculus galgulus) on top of the tree. I was trying to locate it before hearing another call coming from my right. Turning my head to the source, I immediately saw a female parrot perching at the lip of a tree cavity less than 2 metres away, answering the call from the tree... Read More

Gold-whiskered Barbet nesting

Gold-whiskered Barbet nesting “Gold-whiskered Barbet (Megalaima chrysopogon laeta) nesting. The nest was located at the fringe of primary forest in a Durian Tree (Durio zibethinus) (above). It was excavated 7-8 meters in the dead branch of the tree. Further up were two more freshly excavated holes. Wells (Wells, D.R., 1999. The birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsular. Vol. I, Non-passerines. Academic Press, London. 648 pp.) suggests that ‘extra holes are dug in the same of neighbouring trees, apparently... Read More

Hornbills in Changi feeding nestlings – March 2014

Hornbills in Changi feeding nestlings - March 2014 “The Changi heritage tree Shorea gibbosa has another new family of Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) – see also these links LINK 1, LINK 2 and LINK 3. “It was exciting hearing the babies squealing away for their feeds. “We saw the father return with many unidentified objects as well as what looked like small white eggs and oil palm seeds. The oil palm seeds however were sometimes not readily accepted – were they too big for the babies I... Read More

BLACK MAGPIES COLLECTING NESTING MATERIAL

in Nesting, Videography  on Apr 02, 14 3 Comments »
BLACK MAGPIES COLLECTING NESTING MATERIAL “On the late morning of 19th February 2014, a pair of Black Magpies (Platysmurus leucopterus) was spotted along a forest edge in Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia. They had descended onto the forest floor and were expressing interest in the lush, green moss that was growing upon the rocks and boulders (above). “After the initial inspection of the moss and satisfied with its quality and quantity, they began to collect these bryophytes with their beak (above).... Read More

Nesting behaviour of the Eurasian Tree-sparrow in Seoul, Korea

in Nesting  on Mar 30, 14 1 Comment »
Nesting behaviour of the Eurasian Tree-sparrow in Seoul, Korea On 20th March 2014 that was World Sparrow Day, BESG posted an article highlighting the reluctance of local birdwatchers to observe the common Eurasian Tree-sparrow (Passer montanus) LINK. Because of this disinterest, information on this sparrow is limited. Thong Chow Ngian responded to the post and sent in a series of images on this sparrow nesting in a hole in what appeared to be a willow tree that grew in the grounds of the giant bus bay in Seoul Zoo. The images were taken... Read More

Nesting behaviour of the Spotted Dove

Nesting behaviour of the Spotted Dove Courtship For the more than a few mornings in May 2013, a pair of Spotted Doves (Streptopelia chinensis) was heard duetting while hidden among a leafy branch of the Blue Mahang (Macaranga hyeni) tree that was covered with the scrambling Luffa plant (Luffa aegyptica) (above). The duetting started as early as 0730 hours and lasted from 5-10 minutes to as long as 40 minutes. When disturbed from their perches, they fly off to continue somewhere else. During evenings they were... Read More

Nesting of the Rufescent Prinia

in Nesting, Nests, Vocalisation  on Mar 08, 14 No Comments »
Nesting of the Rufescent Prinia “The Rufescent Prinia (Prinia rufescens extrema) is unusual in that it makes a nest very much like that of tailorbirds. I noticed a pair carrying prey and, after some time of observation, managed to locate the nest. (Above is an overview of the nest.) “They had built a nest on a slope along the logging trail, 0.5-0.6 meters above ground. The nest used two leaves stitched together with silk (spider web) used to plug holes. Some of the silk was stretched and pulled into... Read More

Grey-rumped Treeswift taking turns to incubate egg

in Nesting  on Mar 06, 14 No Comments »
Check out the spectacular images of the Grey-rumped Treeswift (Hemiprocne longipennis) nesting in an earlier post HERE. In this post, Jeremiah Looi’s series of video clips focuses on the different shift changes when one adult leaves the nest to give way to another to take over the incubation of the egg. The above clip shows the female incubating the single egg. She is recognised by her blackish ear-coverts as compared to the male’s prominent rufous ear-coverts. She... Read More

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater – nest building and cooperative breeding?

in Nesting  on Mar 05, 14 No Comments »
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater – nest building and cooperative breeding? “The Chestnut-headed Bee-eaters (Merops leschenaulti) are the favourite bee-eaters for my wife and myself (above). They are friendly, visit our home twice a day (non breeding season) and have a delightful personality. “Was out today and came across two different nesting sites 0.5 km apart (above). One had 4 nesting holes, the other 6. All were either freshly constructed or in the process of construction. “Recent prior observations of nesting holes in my region... Read More