• 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,...

Pink-necked Green-pigeon uses abandoned munia’s nest

in Nesting  on Aug 14, 14 No Comments »
Pink-necked Green-pigeon uses abandoned munia’s nest On 5th August 2014, we received through the courtesy of Lee Chiu San, two images taken by Mark Lim of Khoo Teck Phuat Hospital in Yishun Central, Singapore. Mark spotted a male Pink-necked Green-pigeon (Treron vernans) sitting quietly on its nest outside the hospital’s food court on 1st August 2014. A few days later, Mark spotted two chicks sitting beside the adult. As with pigeons and doves, the male usually incubates the eggs and broods the chicks during the daylight... Read More

An eggshell in the garden…

in Nesting  on Aug 02, 14 No Comments »
An eggshell in the garden… Every now and then I stumbled upon an eggshell in my garden (above). The shell is light blue on the outside and white on the inside. Obviously it is from the egg of the Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus). It is common knowledge that incubating birds remove eggshells immediately after hatching and dispose them some distance away. Fresh eggshells lying below nests will attract predators, especially when the white inner surface reflects light. I have personally observed such... Read More

Glossy Swiftlet collects lichen as nesting material

in Nesting, Swifts-Swallows  on Jul 27, 14 No Comments »
Glossy Swiftlet collects lichen as nesting material Samson Tan photographed Glossy Swiftlets (Collocalia esculenta) flying around the garden of a resort when holidaying in Tomohon, Sulawesi, Indonesia in June 2014. Only when he uploaded the images onto his computer did he realise that the swiftlets were actively collecting lichens growing from the trunk of a palm. A swiftlet would slow down (above) and hovered about 50cm away from the palm (below). It then approached the trunk of the palm without making any physical contact... Read More

Nesting of the Common Iora: 2. Incubation

in Nesting  on Jul 23, 14 No Comments »
Nesting of the Common Iora: 2. Incubation “I recently posted a pair of Common Ioras (Aegithina tiphia horizoptera) collecting spider web for their nest LINK. They are nesting in our immediate home environment and hence observations have become easy and frequent. “They laid eggs on 9th May and I have been keeping a close eye as incubation and fledging periods are unreported locally (Wells 2007). This is a preliminary report from 9-20th May. The minimum observations in a day are 8 and often observations are... Read More

Green-billed Malkoha – nest building

in Nesting, Videography  on Jul 16, 14 1 Comment »
Green-billed Malkoha – nest building “Spotted a Green-billed Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus tristis longicaudatus) building a nest and harvesting twigs from a nearby dead tree (above, below). Only one adult was seen involved in nest building. “The nest was located in the fork of a young Rain Tree (Albizia saman) approximately 4 meters above the ground level (below). The tree is overgrown with creepers and the nest itself is located in a dense part of these creepers. Besides the twigs, fresh leaves were also... Read More

In search of the Maleo in Northern Sulawesi

in Conservation, Nesting  on Jul 08, 14 1 Comment »
In search of the Maleo in Northern Sulawesi The Maleo (Macrocephalon maleo), a chicken-like bird, is an endangered species according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (above). The total population in the world is estimated to be between 8,000 and 14,000 individuals and declining. These are confined to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Samson Tan’s earlier visit to Tangkoko National Park in North Sulawesi specifically to see this endangered bird was a disappointment. He was informed that Bogani Nani... Read More

Oriental Pratincole nesting

in Nesting, Vocalisation  on Jul 01, 14 1 Comment »
Oriental Pratincole nesting Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS visited the Malim Nawar Wetlands in South-West Perak, Malaysia on 28th February 2014. This is an extensive ex-tin mining area with many ponds/lakes that have converted to fish farming. There was a flock of at least 35 Oriental Pratincole (Glareola maldivarum) using a freshly cleared land to breed. The image at the top shows an adult incubating the eggs. The nest is a scrape surrounded by a collection of loose vegetable matter with two eggs in it... Read More

Pied Triller nesting

in Feeding chicks, Nesting, Waste  on Jun 28, 14 1 Comment »
Pied Triller nesting “Spotted a Pied Triller (Lalage nigra) nest with two chicks, the usual brood number (above). I was watching another bird and was already close to the nest (4-5 meters) before I spotted it. “Decided to just stay still and the parents accepted my presence. They both brought insects prey frequently to feed the nestlings. Above image shows the male with a grasshopper, below the female with a caterpillar for the chicks. At times the chicks were unable to handle a large... Read More

Gold-whiskered Barbet nesting (Part 2)

Gold-whiskered Barbet nesting (Part 2) An earlier post documented the nesting of the Gold-whiskered Barbet (Megalaima chrysopogon laeta) nesting in a cavity found in the dead branch of a Durian Tree (Durio zibethinus) LINK. Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS has now made two more brief visits to the nest (11th and 13th April 2014), using the same observation locations. “The birds are fully aware of my presence and will stop right above me, to check safety, before proceeding to the nest,” wrote Amar. Some images of... Read More

Zebra (Peaceful) Dove – unusual nest construction

in Nesting, Pigeon-Dove  on Jun 12, 14 No Comments »
Zebra (Peaceful) Dove – unusual nest construction “I saw this pair of Peaceful Doves (Geopelia striata) nesting in an overgrown banana plant at about 1.5 meters from the ground (above). What was unusual was not just the choice of the nest location but also the mechanism to build it. “Because there were no vantage points for the male to alight on for entry to the nest site, he would fly straight in (note the female just visible and has closed her eye to prevent any trauma) and land on the female’s back (above). He... Read More