• 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,...

Parakeets eating starfruit (Averrhoa carambola)

in Feeding-plants, Parrots  on Nov 06, 15 No Comments »
Parakeets eating starfruit (Averrhoa carambola) In June 2015 Johnny Wee photographed the Blue-rumped Parrot (Psittinus cyanurus) (above) and the Long-tailed Parakeet (Psittacula longicauda) (below) eating the Starfruit (Averrhoa carambola). These parrots are messy eaters as they do not eat the flesh but the seeds inside. To get at the seeds they tear away the flesh bit by bit, littering the ground ground below, as seen HERE when the another parrot, the Tanimbar Corella (Cacatua goffini) feeds on it. This is the first... Read More

Tanimbar Corella and the Beach Barringtonia fruit

in Feeding-plants, Parrots  on Oct 16, 15 No Comments »
Tanimbar Corella and the Beach Barringtonia fruit Ananth Ramasamy photographed a Tanimbar Corella (Cacatua goffini) gnawing into the unripe fruit of the Beach Barringtonia (Barringtonia asiatica) (above). A tree that is found along the coastal areas, it is sometimes grown in gardens and parks because of the large, attractive flowers (above) and lantern-like fruits (below). Every morning when the tree is in flowers, the ring of long stamens litter the ground below, attracting attention to it. The tree is also known as... Read More

Long-tailed Parakeet picking Alexandra Palm flowers

One evening in May 2015 I noticed a single Long-tailed Parakeet (Psittacula longicauda) among the inflorescence branches of one of my Alexandra Palms (Ptycospermun macarthuri). I did document a small flock of these noisy parakeets landing on the inflorescence and picking the female flowers way back in 2008 (see image above) and this LINK. But this time I caught a single parakeet on video (below) quietly scrambling all over the many branches of the inflorescence, sometimes... Read More

Red-breasted Parakeet eating Lagerstroemia fruits

in Feeding-plants, Parrots  on Sep 07, 15 No Comments »
Ananth Ramasamy’s image of the Red-breasted Parakeet (Psittacula alexandri) eating the fruits of Lagerstroemia sp. was photographed at Pasir Ris Park. It complements our earlier post of the same parakeet species eating the fruits of the Rose of India (Lagerstroemia speciosa), also taken at the same park. Note that two lower fruits in the image above have been bitten. These trees are commonly planted along the wayside and in parks and gardens. They have attractive bunches... 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

Red-shouldered Macaw eating flowers and seeds of the Rain Tree

in Feeding-plants, Parrots  on May 10, 15 2 Comments »
Red-shouldered Macaw eating flowers and seeds of the Rain Tree Chan Yoke Meng photographed this Red-shouldered Macaw or Hahn’s Macaw (Diopsittaca nobilis) eating the florets and fruits of the Rain Tree (Samanea saman, now Albizia saman). The presence of a ring on right foot points to its escapee status. It probably escaped from Jurong Bird Park or the local bird trade. The macaw picked up the small florets, eatng the basal portion where the nectar is and discarding the many long stamens (top). It also seek out the fruits,... Read More

Red-breasted Parakeet and Crop milk

in Feeding chicks, Parrots  on Oct 01, 14 4 Comments »
Red-breasted Parakeet and Crop milk “Among aviculturalists, there is a school of thought that parrots, pigeons and doves are related. Though parrots have hooked billed weapons of mass destruction and doves have soft beaks, all of them are generally vegetarian. A characteristic that they have in common that distinguishes them from most other bird families is that parrots, pigeons and doves have powder down feathers. Hold any one of them and you will find a coating of fine dust on your hands. “And,... Read More

© Rare Visitation by Avian Escapee – Peach-Faced Lovebird

in Exotics, Parrots  on Sep 28, 14 1 Comment »
© Rare Visitation by Avian Escapee - Peach-Faced Lovebird “Unfamiliar, intermittent chirping calls of a bird alerted me to do an inspection of my driveway. The ‘cheep…cheep…cheep-’ calls sounded kind of a bird feeling lost and in search. “I scanned branches off my mango (Mangifera indica) tree to locate its source. At eye level and upon turning right, my eyes caught a small, green looking bird perched on my vehicle’s wind wiper (above). “It wasn’t a Malaysian resident or a migratory that I would recognise... Read More

Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo feeding on Bottle Brush seeds

The Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynus latirostris) is endemic to Western Australia and highly endangered. A recent report found that it may disappear from the Perth region within 15 years LINK. “The cockatoo is a seed-eater, feeding mainly on the kernels of proteaceous plants like Grevellea, Dryandra and Banksia. The cockatoo bites and tears open the thick woody capsule and cones that enclose the seed. “The video above shows the cockatoo handling the fruiting... Read More

Carnaby’s Cockatoos in a Perth backyard

in Parrots  on Aug 23, 14 No Comments »
Carnaby's Cockatoos in a Perth backyard “A wonderful surprise, right outside my living room window at 9.30am today! Three of the large and noisy, rare and endangered Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus latirostris), with their distinctive white cheek patches and white-flashed tails, getting stuck into the brilliant orange candle-like (lingam-like, you could say!) flowers of my native Banksia shrub (Banksia ashbyii). “I have never seen them so close to the house although they are often around the... Read More