• 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,...

The right way to “rescue” a helpless chick

in Owls, Rescue  on May 31, 14 2 Comments »
The right way to “rescue” a helpless chick In April 2014, Goh Juan Hui encountered a Collared Scops Owl (Otus lempiji) fledgling on the ground among some low vegetation (above). He thought the owl was injured and needed help. He contacted Johnny Wee who suggested that he use a stick to get the fledgling away from the ground, away from lurking predators. Juan Hui did just that (below). With the owl perching on the tip of the stick, Juan Hui raised it up hoping to transfer it to a higher branch (below). But before... Read More

Injured Blue-winged Pitta

Injured Blue-winged Pitta “The extended neighbourhood are aware that we are avid bird watchers, so when a bird is in trouble we get contacted. In the late evening, a neighbour asked for help for a ‘beautiful bird’ that hit their tinted glass window. After 3 hours the bird still would not fly. “We reluctantly took over; reluctantly as we have had some bad experiences caring for hurt birds, losing some, and it is heart breaking. “It was a brilliant Blue-winged Pitta (Pitta moluccensis)... Read More

A Yellow-vented Bulbul chick fell from above… a happy ending

in Rescue  on Oct 20, 13 1 Comment »
A Yellow-vented Bulbul chick fell from above… a happy ending The account of the rescue of a Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) chick posted in mid-August by Ch’ng Geam Liang attracted much attention LINK. There was even someone asking for advice on how to deal with another bulbul chick whose nest was destroyed by a storm. Updates on the chick were posted as comments and those interested can visit the post. However, images of the chick as it recovered from its ordeal have yet to be shared with readers. The above image on... Read More

A Yellow-vented Bulbul chick fell from above…

in Nesting-failed, Rescue  on Aug 13, 13 16 Comments »
A Yellow-vented Bulbul chick fell from above... “I have recently ‘acquired’ a Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) chick that dropped out or was evicted from its nest – I suspect due to nest robbery by crows or koels nearby. I estimate it to be about 3 days old, eyes were still shut. That was on 11th July 2013, nearly 4 weeks ago. “I found the empty nest up in the tree and placed it there and kept watch for any signs of it’s parents… to no avail. I brought it in, nest... Read More

Rescue of a barbet chick in Trivandrum, Kerala, India

in Rescue  on Apr 20, 13 No Comments »
Rescue of a barbet chick in Trivandrum, Kerala, India On 15th April, 2013, we received an e-mail from Dr Manoj G Nair of Trivandrum, the capital city of Kerala state in India, seeking advise on how to feed a barbet chick that was apparently abandoned by its parents. The chick was fed on palm fruits and grapes and was responding well. Wrote Dr Manoj, “… can you please advise on what supplements we need to give the baby?” By return mail, Dr Manoj was informed that “… not too sure whether the chick... Read More

Rescuing Yellow-vented Bulbul chicks…

in Rescue  on Apr 14, 13 3 Comments »
Rescuing Yellow-vented Bulbul chicks... “It is with great sadess that I write this email. “Last week, I pointed out two Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) nests around the condo. The kids were excited and were looking forward to getting a chick to raise again. Our loyal companions, a YVB that I saved from a window strike and another chick both passed away last year from strange circumstances. One started having week legs and started shutting all over himself and finally passed on after a long... Read More

Juvenile Black-shouldered Kite fell from its nest

in Raptors, Rescue  on Nov 15, 12 No Comments »
Juvenile Black-shouldered Kite fell from its nest Through the kind office of Allan Teo, we received an image of a juvenile Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus) that fell from its nest. His colleague Nicholas was doing a survey in the mountainous area around Limbong, Indonesia when the bird fell. It was picked up and fed. The bird would try to nip at whoever tried to get too close. No news of what happened... Read More

HAND FEEDING BABY BIRDS

in Feeding chicks, Rescue  on Sep 07, 12 16 Comments »
HAND FEEDING BABY BIRDS “Our illustrious Webmaster feels strongly that we should leave baby birds alone. I agree. Attempting to hand feed baby birds is an extremely demanding task somewhat more complicated and troublesome than raising a human baby. “It’s also something much easier to get into than get out of. The job does not end when the baby is fledged and capable of feeding itself. “Turning it loose at that point would probably only ensure a good meal for the next passing... Read More

A closer look at the Chestnut-headed Bee-eater

A closer look at the Chestnut-headed Bee-eater “Sometimes where we watch birds depends on providence. I had finished observing the nesting Yellow Bitterns (Ixobrychus sinensis) and decided to explore more of the Tambun Interior area on foot. This is a vast area with many hidden nooks and crannies. Many individuals have large ‘estates’ here to raise poultry, do fish farming, etc in one of the most picturesque of environments. “I met an ‘average looking’ gentleman on an old motorbike... Read More

Please do not “rescue” young birds…

in Rescue  on Jul 01, 12 7 Comments »
In November 2007, a baby Little Heron (Butorides striatus) was literally thrust onto me after a concerned couple picked it from the grounds of the Bukit Timah Campus LINK. It was a fledgling, probably having taken its first flight out of its nest in one of the trees around. Or did it wander out of the nest and somehow landed on the ground. Being new to the game of “rescuing” helpless birdlings (although it was not me who “rescued” it, I was eager to... Read More