• 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,...

Black-and-red Broadbill’s nest

in Nests  on Nov 20, 15 No Comments »
Black-and-red Broadbill's nest “Spotted this completed Black-and-red Broadbill (Cymbirhynchus macrorhynchos macrorhynchos) nest and an adult exiting. “The nest is fairly free of surrounding vegetation and anchored to the trailing end of a branch of a tree (above). “The tree is growing out of a ravine and the back of the nest (above) is at eye level. I scrambled down and managed to image the front which is 8-9 meters high. The nest is located 3-4 meters from a large pond. “The nest is... Read More

Ashy Tailorbird building nest

in Nests  on Nov 18, 15 No Comments »
Ashy Tailorbird building nest Jia Wei Woo’s video shows an Ashy Tailorbird (Orthotomus ruficeps) inside an incomplete nest. The tailorbird had partially completed the nest pouch, having stitched a few leaved together. This is usually done with cobwebs, silk from insect cocoons, fine plant fibres or down. Cobwebs can be seen in the nest, so it mush have used this material. The tailorbird pierces the leaf edge with its sharp bill and through these holes it passes the “threads” fluffing the ends... Read More

Olive-backed Sunbird nest building

in Nests, Sunbirds  on Oct 27, 15 No Comments »
Olive-backed Sunbird nest building “My wife and I were out to lunch and spotted this pair of Olive-backed Sunbirds (Cinnyris jugularis) that had built their nest in the heart of the city. “This is the third nest in the same potted plant, a Ficus, over three years and could possibly be the same pair. “The nest is located 2.5 meters up and just above the heads of shoppers passing by, at this very busy row of shops. It is built under the shelter of the awning along the five-foot-way. No one seems to... Read More

Pied Fantail nesting

in Nesting, Nests  on Oct 23, 15 No Comments »
Pied Fantail nesting “I have seen quite a few birds nesting in the past few weeks, having taken care not to allow any unnecessary disturbance, keeping my distance and limiting time at the nest sites. “Saw a number of nesting Pied Fantails (Rhipidura javanica longicauda) but this one was unusual as it was built over water. The birds are using a branch of a Mimosa bush (possibly a Mimosa pigra) hanging over a mining pool. The nest is approximately 1.5 meters above the water level and... Read More

Yellow-eared Spiderhunter: 2. Nesting

in Nesting, Nests  on Jul 09, 15 No Comments »
Yellow-eared Spiderhunter: 2. Nesting Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS’s earlier account on the Yellow-eared Spiderhunter (Arachnothera chrysogenys chrysogenys) nest building activities LINK attracted the attention of Dr David Wells who commented: “Most interesting, but you must eliminate the possibility of a spiderhunter poking about in some other bird’s construction looking for food or for material to take elsewhere. This structure is so unlike any Arachnothera nest that I know or have ever seen a description... Read More

Yellow-eared Spiderhunter: 1. Nest building

in Nesting, Nests  on Jul 08, 15 No Comments »
Yellow-eared Spiderhunter: 1. Nest building “I mentioned recently that I have been searching for spiderhunter nests for a long time. I was fortunate today to spot the nest building activity of the Yellow-eared Spiderhunters (Arachnothera chrysogenys chrysogenys). Available literatures suggest that the nest is similar to other spiderhunters, suspended underneath a large leaf. But in the region Wells 2007 states that there has been ‘no authentic description’. “Of 5 nests reported to be of this species 2... Read More

Pin-striped Tit-babbler: 3. Nest structure

in Nests  on Jun 30, 15 1 Comment »
Pin-striped Tit-babbler: 3. Nest structure “I returned to this nest of the Pin-striped Tit-babbler (Macronous gularis), I had previously reported LINK and LINK, when I was sure the babblers had fledged. I spent 2 hours of observations around the nest, of up to 50 meters distance, to make sure the birds had left. “I then approached the nest to get some detailed observations (measurements not available locally). I carefully striped away the covering vegetation and the globular nest could now be clearly seen. The... Read More

Buff-breasted Babbler – nesting

in Nests  on Jun 13, 15 No Comments »
Buff-breasted Babbler - nesting “I spotted this adult Buff-breasted Babbler (Pellorneum tickelli tickelli) collecting nesting material from a very high branch (12-14 meters up). “I was fortunate as I was on a slope and the forest ‘below’ me, so we were almost at eye level. It pulled many stands of [bryophytes, possibly liverworts] … “…until it had a large beak full. It then zipped into the forest and I could not follow.” Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia 22nd... Read More

Red-whiskered Bulbul: 5. Nest

in Nests  on Jun 11, 15 2 Comments »
Red-whiskered Bulbul: 5. Nest The nest of the Red-whiskered Bulbuls (Pycnonotus jocosus) was examined the day after the adults abandoned it LINK. The cup-shaped nest (above), at 270 cm from the ground, was slightly dislodged from the forks of the branches of the Belimbing (Averrhoa bilimbi) tree (top). Nest measurements: external diameter 10 cm, height 6 cm, nest cup diameter 6 cm and depth 4 cm (below). These more or less correspond with those given by Wells (2007) and Fishpool & Tobias... Read More

Ruby-cheeked Sunbird – nest building

in Nests  on Aug 24, 14 No Comments »
Ruby-cheeked Sunbird – nest building “I have seen quite a number of the nests of the Ruby-cheeked Sunbird (Anthreptes singalensis interposita). The majority at this location are situation adjacent to a river. “This nest was located 2.5 meters up in the outer foliage of a tree (above left, showing an overview of the nest). The planned opening is situated posterior (above right: a rear view of the nest). Nets material included spider web, dead, dried leaves, tree bark, fibrous material (roots or dried... Read More