• 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,...

BESG gets S$200,000 from a local donor…

in Reports  on Jun 24, 14 19 Comments »
BESG gets S$200,000 from a local donor… Anyone who caught the above news in yesterday’s Straits Times would be aware that an anonymous donor has generously donated S$200,000 to the Bird Ecology Study Group. The donor, once an avid birdwatcher, strongly believes that simply looking at birds cannot sustain a person’s interest for the long term. There is a need to inject a little science into this outdoor recreation. And this is where studying bird behaviour comes into the picture. It then makes birdwatching... Read More

The Bird Ecology Study Group is ten years old today

in Reports  on Jun 01, 14 10 Comments »
The Bird Ecology Study Group is ten years old today BESG has been in operation for ten years now. We have posted more than 3,200 items on bird behaviour as well as other aspects of nature. Total visitors since the start of the website is fast approaching 5 millions and the site has consistently been one of ten top bird blogs in the world. We list below the important milestones for each of the ten years: 1. 2005 July – The Bird Ecology Study Group’s website started posting regular updates on the breeding behaviour of... Read More

2013: The Year in Review…

The Bird Ecology Study Group has been posting various aspects of bird behaviour for the last 8.5 years. This has made birdwatchers and photographers aware that there are more to birds than their colourful plumages LINK. Since we started, we have made more than three thousands postings on bird behaviour – for the year under review we have managed to maintain our record of a posting a day. This is testimony to the general awareness of bird behaviour among birdwatchers... Read More

Book Review: The Warbler Guide

in Reports  on Aug 23, 13 2 Comments »
Book Review: The Warbler Guide The Warbler Guide by Tom Stephenson & Scott Whittle. Drawings by Catherine Hamilton. Princeton University Press, Princeton and Oxford, 560 pp. ISBN: 9780691154824. “It is perhaps important to start this review with an introductory note. I am a bird watcher from Malaysia, hence I know Malaysian birds well. Due to the large migration to my region, I also know Asian birds well. I have been to the USA twice and Canada once but did not get the opportunity to do much... Read More

Book Review: Wildlife of Australia

Book Review: Wildlife of Australia Wildlife of Australia by Iain Campbell & Sam Woods. Princeton University Press, Princeton and Oxford, 286 pp. ISBN 978-0-691—15353-7. This is a delightful pocket guide that tourists will find useful when visiting Australia LINK and LINK. It covers all the animals that one will most likely encounter in popular tourist areas. Each species has a short description accompanied by a photograph to facilitate identification. An introductory chapter provides basic... Read More

Book Review: Hornbills of the World – A Photographic Guide

in Hornbills, Reports  on Jun 07, 13 No Comments »
Book Review: Hornbills of the World - A Photographic Guide Hornbills of the World: A Photographic Guide is hot off the press. Authored by two international hornbill experts (Thailand’s Dr Pilai Poonswad and South African’s Dr Alan Kemp) together with Singapore based bird-book writer (Morten Strange), it is published by Draco Publishing and Distribution Pte. Ltd. and Hornbill Research Foundation. The 212 pages paerback (ISBN: 978-981-07-3528-9), priced at S$62 is available at Natures Niche LINK. The last monograph on hornbills... Read More

Book Review: The Unfeathered Bird by Katrina van Grouw

in Reports  on Mar 19, 13 No Comments »
Book Review: The Unfeathered Bird by Katrina van Grouw The Unfeathered Bird by Katrina van Grouw is now available in bookstores (left). Published by Princeton University Press, the 304-page book is filled with more than 300 illustrations – not birds in all their colourful glory but in their unfeathered glory. These illustrations are devoid of feathers. Many show muscles while others the skeletal systems. All were meticulously drawn from actual specimens in order to maintain scientific accuracy. After all, author Katrina is a... Read More

Raptor Calendar 2013

in Miscellaneous, Reports  on Feb 02, 13 3 Comments »
Raptor Calendar 2013 Note: “Recently the Thai Raptor Group produced a magnificent calendar on raptors (birds of prey). Chaiyan (Assistant Professor of Veterinary Pathology, Kasetsart University, Thailand) was kind enough to make a digital version of the 2013 Calendar available for download: HERE. “…I decided to do a similar calender… The calendar attached is obviously inspired by the great work of the Thai Raptor group. It is often said said that ‘imitation is the... Read More

Passage to India… Part 4.

in Reports  on Feb 02, 13 No Comments »
Passage to India... Part 4. This is the final part of the series: A side trip to the Corbett Tiger Sanctuary. The links to the earlier parts… HERE 1, HERE 2 and HERE 3. “After my packaged tour on the Palace on Wheels, I made a side trip of four days to the Corbett Tiger Sanctuary (above). Depending on your preferences or point of view, it could be considered a tour worth taking. “The upsides were: 1) The cost for accommodation was reasonable, about US$120 per night per couple,... Read More

Passage to India… Part 3.

in Reports  on Jan 30, 13 No Comments »
Passage to India... Part 3. Part 1 and 2 of Passage to India can be viewed HERE and HERE. This is the third part… “The Ringneck Parakeet, Psittacula krameri, is one of the most widespread parrots in the world (above left). The natural range extends from Africa through India, and escaped pets have established large populations in Singapore and Malaysia, where they are displacing the native Long-tailed Parakeet, Psittacula longicauda. The Indian subspecies, manillensis, is common all... Read More