• 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,...

Plant-Bird Relationship: 4. References

in Plants, References, Reports  on Jul 04, 15 No Comments »
This list is provided to allow the data in the lists of plants LINK and birds LINK to be traced to the original source/s should there be a necessity to do so. Personal communications are listed as “pers. comm.” [feeding on nectar, from left (bird-plant): Crimson Sunbird-Etlingera elatior, Javan Myna-Schefflera actinophylla, Yellow-naped Oriole-Schefflera actinophylla] List of References Amar-Singh, H. S. S., 2009a. Greater green leafbird and others feeding on... Read More

Plant-Bird Relationship: 3. List of Birds

in Plants, References, Reports  on Jul 03, 15 1 Comment »
This list is compiled from the plant list LINK. Under each species of birds are the different plants that they visit for shelter (roost), food (nectar, fruit or insect), nesting materials and nest sites. The birds are listed under their different families and arranged in alphabetical order. Emphasis is given to their common names, followed by their scientific names. Plants are in scientific names. Should there be a necessity to refer to the original source/s, note the plant... Read More

Plant-Bird Relationship: 2. List of plants (version 2.0)

in Plants, References, Reports  on Jul 02, 15 6 Comments »
The 349 species of plants are listed under algae, mosses, lichens, ferns, non-seed and seed plants. Non-seed plants (Gymnosperms) and seed plants (Angiosperms) are further listed under their different families arranged in alphabetical order. Under each plant species are the different species of birds that had been documented visiting it for shelter, food (nectar, fruit or insect), nesting materials and nest sites. References are provided to allow for tracing to their... Read More

Plant-Bird Relationship: 1. Introduction

in Plants, References, Reports  on Jul 01, 15 1 Comment »
Plant-Bird Relationship: 1. Introduction In the next three days we will be making available on this website three major documents on plant-bird relationship. [feeding on nectar, from left (bird-plant): Crimson Sunbird-Etlingera elatior, Javan Myna-Schefflera actinophylla, Yellow-naped Oriole-Schefflera actinophylla] 1. The first is a list of 349 species of plants that birds visit to obtain shelter, food, nest material, nesting site, etc. 2. The second is a list of 230 species of birds. Listed under each bird... Read More

Book Review: BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA – A PHOTOGRAPHIC GUIDE

in Reports  on Jan 11, 15 No Comments »
Book Review: BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA – A PHOTOGRAPHIC GUIDE Birds of Australia – A Photographic Guide by Iain Campbell, Sam Woods and Nick Leseberg with photographs by Geoff Jones. Princeton University Press, 2015. “This is a delightfully helpful and compact handbook on Australian birds. The book is easy to hold and will fit in the luggage of an intrepid, amateur birder making the occasional short trips to Australia. “While the amateur birder may be familiar with the general silhouettes of birds from different... Read More

BESG 2014: The year in review

in Reports  on Dec 31, 14 3 Comments »
BESG 2014: The year in review BESG had a satisfying year with the continued support from nature enthusiasts (that included birders) such that were able to make a posting a day, sometimes even twice a day. This was in spite of being in business for a decade LINK. One would expect that after 10 years of posting more than 3,200 items of bird behaviour, there would be not much else new to post – or even discover. Yet discover we did, and new ones at that – thanks to avid birders and... Read More

Book Review: Birds of New Guinea

in Reports  on Nov 27, 14 1 Comment »
Book Review: Birds of New Guinea Birds of New Guinea by Thane K. Pratt & Bruce M. Beehler Princeton University Press, 2014. Second Edition. “What a pleasure it is to review this amazing book covering an amazing place. The first edition came out in 1986, and it was always essential for birdwatchers in this remote region. Brian Coates, Clifford Frith and other experts have published on New Guinea avifauna, but this was the only modern field guide, and a good one at that. It was a shame when it went... Read More

Nature photography in Singapore – attitude and perspectives

Nature photography in Singapore – attitude and perspectives This is a call on nature enthusiasts who regularly take photographs of birds to please join in the survey on attitude and perspectives of nature photography in Singapore. You can upload the survey form from HERE and complete it accordingly. No names are required and entries will remain confidential. David Tan, from the National University of Singapore’s Avian Genetics Lab is currently undertaking this survey of local photographers to determine their attitude towards... Read More

Book Review: Ten Thousand Birds: Ornithology since Darwin

in Reports  on Sep 16, 14 2 Comments »
Book Review: Ten Thousand Birds: Ornithology since Darwin Ten Thousand Birds: Ornithology since Darwin by Tim Birkhead, Jo Wimpenny & Bob Montgomerie (2014). Princeton University Press, Princeton & Oxford, i-xvii, 524 pp. ISBN 978-0-691-15197-7. The title of the book reflects the total number of birds we have in this world. Because of their numbers and visibility (we can always see, if not hear their calls), many of us become emotionally attached to birds. What else can be the reasons why birds had been observed and... Read More

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