• 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,...

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 No 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

Blue-crowned Hanging-parrot taking flower bud from Syzygium cumini

Blue-crowned Hanging-parrot taking flower bud from Syzygium cumini “I spent many happy minutes enjoying the colours and antics of a diminutive male Blue-crowned Hanging-parrot (Loriculus galgulus) on a Java Plum tree (Syzygium cumini) at Bidadari LINK, as it moved almost non-stop through the upper foliage feeding on flower buds for the nectar they contain (see screen grab above). “In the clips below, the hanging-parrot can be seen plucking a flower, manipulate it in between its bill to get at the nectar, then casting the... Read More

Rose-ringed Parakeet’s varied diet

Rose-ringed Parakeet’s varied diet “Most mornings at Bidadari LINK are filled with screeches from Red-breasted Parakeets (Psittacula alexandri), Rose-ringed Parakeets (Psittacula krameri) and also Tanimbar Corellas (Cacatua goffini) which call these woodlands home. “I was observing a big flock of at least 20 Rose-ringed Parakeets one morning, and noticed that while they were keeping together in a certain area, they were foraging on different trees. The above image shows a parakeet eating flowers of... 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

A pair of lovebirds came for a visit…

in Parrots  on Jan 30, 14 No Comments »
A pair of lovebirds came for a visit… In January 2014 Angie Ng sent an image with a note: “A very pretty pair of little parrots flew shrieking into our carpark. One hopped onto the grassy patch and started to peck at the grass or whatever was between the grass. Then it hopped to an almost bare area beside the pavement and started pecking on the gritty clay soil. Was it picking up bits of soil? What bird is this? It seemed pretty tame and hopped onto the pavement and posed for photos!” We directed the image... Read More