• 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,...

Grey-rumped Treeswift feeding chick – on video

Grey-rumped Treeswift feeding chick – on video Johnny Wee’s earlier account showed in vivid details an adult female Grey-rumped Treeswift (Hemiprocne longipennis) feeding a large chick as they both perched side by side on a branch. What the series of still images is unable to show is how the feeding is initiated. And this is where Kumchun Chan’s video clip complements the images – see below. According to Chantler (2000), “The feeding process is preceded, or initiated, by sibilant screaming (less shrill... Read More

SCARLET SKIMMER MATING and OVIPOSITING

SCARLET SKIMMER MATING and OVIPOSITING “Mature males of the Scarlet Skimmer (Orthetrum testaceum, family Libellulidae) can be especially eye-catching as they bask on a brilliant sunny day (above). “Females of the species pale in comparison and are dull olive brown instead (above). “Though less commonly seen than the male, receptive females will reveal themselves at water bodies (above), in order to seek attention from conspecific males. “On the 28th February 2015, I was delighted to find that a... Read More

Blue-crowned Hanging-parrot eats Alexandra Palm flowers

One evening in May 2015, a strange sound caused me to rush outside into my garden. There, clinging around the whitish inflorescence branches of one of my Alexandra palms (Archontophoenix alexandrae) was a Blue-crowned Hanging-parrot (Loriculus galgulus). The hanging-parrot was plucking and eating the whitish flowers for their nectar. According to Collar (1997), the food of this hanging-parrot includes flowers of Erythrina and Durian (Durio zibethinus). Wells (1999)... Read More

PEACOCK PANSY VISITS BOUGAINVILLEA

PEACOCK PANSY VISITS BOUGAINVILLEA “Although Bougainvillea bushes are so widespread all around Singapore, few of us actually pay close attention to the insect visitors. Thus far, the Lime Butterfly (Papilio demoleus malayanus, family Papilionidae, subfamily Papilioninae) has been reported to drink nectar from their flowers LINK. “On the morning of 22nd July 2014, I had the pleasure of watching a Peacock Pansy (Junonia almana, family Nymphalidae, subfamily Nymphalinae) probing the flowers of... Read More

LITTLE EGRET DEFAECATION VIDEOS

LITTLE EGRET DEFAECATION VIDEOS “In March 2015, I was hot on the heels of a Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) which had been busy fishing along a canal during the low tide episodes. I was impressed with its toilet manners, as each time it needed to answer Nature’s call, it would consistently walk away from the main waterway before excusing itself (above). The faeces would be discharged as a milky white squirt. “A video compilation of its multiple visits to the restroom may be previewed... Read More

MACAQUES FEEDING ON UNRIPE BANANAS

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MACAQUES FEEDING ON UNRIPE BANANAS “While exploring forest edge on the 23rd November 2014, I spotted a mature male Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis) perched comfortably atop a banana plant. To my surprise, it was expressing interest in the combs of green and clearly unripe fruit. With considerable effort, he wrenched and wrestled to break away the bananas and began peeling away the stubborn skin with his teeth (above). “The thick green skin was systematically removed to reveal the stiff, starchy... Read More

Male Eastern Stonechat in breeding plumage

Male Eastern Stonechat in breeding plumage “The migratory Eastern Stonechats (Saxicola maurus) in the city are near full male breeding plumage (above). Spent some time with one of them today and sharing some observations: 1. Note the well developed orange-rufous breast (above). 2. The video above shows the classical behaviour of the bird perched on a short grass stem twig and the second half shows a feeding episode on the ground. The bird will often descend to the ground to feed. 3. Generally quiet but heard... Read More

SPIDER FEEDING ON DRAGONFLY

SPIDER FEEDING ON DRAGONFLY “On the morning of 29th November 2014, while skirting a local pond, I noticed that a dragonfly had become ensnared in a spider’s web near the water’s edge. The arachnid predator was a female Yellow-Silver Saint Andrew’s Cross Spider (Argiope catenulata) and was putting the finishing touches of her sticky silk to restrain the male dragonfly prey (below), a Common Parasol (Neurothemis fluctuans). “When she was satisfied that her silken strands were sufficiently... Read More

Nesting bulbul: 3. Adult feeding 5 days old chick

Nesting bulbul: 3. Adult feeding 5 days old chick The Yellow-vented Bulbul’s (Pycnonotus goiavier) was 5 days old on 8th June 2015. The feeding behavior of the adults was video recorded from 1410-1930 hours from the bedroom. The clips were subsequently analysed to determine the regularity of the visits and the length of time spent inside the nest by each adult on their visits. As with the 2 days old chick LINK, the adults arrived by two routes. Flying from the garden towards the nesting tree, it would make a sudden... Read More

Peregrine Falcon having a dust-bath in a high-rise apartment

Peregrine Falcon having a dust-bath in a high-rise apartment In July 2015 Wong Weng Fai photographed a Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) having a dust-bath on the balcony floor of a yet to be completed apartment in a high-rise building. Many birds keep their feathers in good condition by taking dust-bath LINK. They lie on the dusty ground and moves vigorously about to get the dirt particles onto their feathers. This helps to get rid of ectoparasites as well as stale secretions from their oil glands. In the case of this falcon, it... Read More