• 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,...

Injured Great Blue Heron

08 Jul 2008   in Heron-Egret-Bittern, Rescue 1 Comment »
Contributed by Summer Fey Foovay
Injured Great Blue Heron Our post on the injured Purple Heron at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve attracted the attention of Summer Fey Foovay of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. She encountered and documented an injured adult Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) way back in October 2005 on one of the two Tern Islands. She found out from the vet that as the injury was old, the wing could not be saved. And a single winged heron could not possibly survive in the wild. This meant that it could not be returned to... Read More

White-winged Tern: Breeding, non-breeding and transitional plumages

07 Jul 2008   in Morphology-Develop., Waders No Comments »
Contributed by Dr Jonathan Cheah Weng Kwong
White-winged Tern: Breeding, non-breeding and transitional plumages Jonathan has been monitoring the White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) at Kranji since 2005. In that early period when he was new to birds, he was rather puzzled by the “chocolate chip” tern he photographed and had difficulty getting it identified (below left). He now knows that it is a White-winged dressed in a transitional plumage. The White-winged, also known as White-winged Black Tern, breeds in Siberia. It winters south, moving down the Malay Peninsula to... Read More

Encounter with juvenile bee-eater in an earth cavity

06 Jul 2008   in Bee-eaters, Nesting No Comments »
Contributed by Hourman
Encounter with juvenile bee-eater in an earth cavity “On 28/6/08 morning while I was taking pictures around the vacant land somewhere along the Kadaloor LRT Station in Punggol, I came across a dugout on the sandy ground,” wrote Hourman (left). “As I approached I saw two juvenile birds near the entrance of the hole (left bottom). The moment they noticed my presence, they started backtracking into it. The hole wasn’t that deep because they could still be seen when they finally stopped, and the two crammed together... Read More

Mountain Fulvetta collecting nesting material

05 Jul 2008   in Nesting No Comments »
Contributed by Adrian Lim
Mountain Fulvetta collecting nesting material This Mountain Fulvetta (Alcippe peracensis), a shy montane forest babbler, was photographed in Frasers’ Hill, Malaysia in May 2008 with a long piece of fibre in its bill. As with most babblers, it is generally difficult to locate, let alone photograph. Besides being shy, it moves around rather fast. To have an image of it with a piece of nesting material is quite an achievement. The nest is not often seen. It is an open cup of leaves attached to horizontal stems. The... Read More

Broadbills of the Thai-Malay Peninsula: Nesting

04 Jul 2008   in Nests No Comments »
Contributed by Willis
An earlier post dealt with the seven species of broadbills seen in the Thai-Malay Peninsula. This post deals with some of their nests. The nest is an untidy woven structure, globular to oval, or pouched-shaped. It is hung some distance from the ground from overhanging branches. There is a side entrance, sometimes with a crude porch. The base of the nest is untidy, with strands of plant materials hanging loose. The inside of the nesting cavity is lined with green leaves. In... Read More

Broadbills of the Thai-Malay Peninsula

03 Jul 2008   in Species 4 Comments »
Contributed by Willis, Dr Eric Tan & Mark Chua
Broadbills of the Thai-Malay Peninsula Broadbills make up a small group of tropical birds of the family Eurylamidae. There are a total of 15 species, mostly brightly coloured. Eleven species are from Southeast Asia while the remaining four are African species. The Thai-Malay Peninsula claims seven species. Singapore used to have five species: Black-and-red (Cymbirhynchus macrorhynchos) (above left), Black-and-yellow (Eurylaimus ochromalus) (above right), Banded (Eurylaimus javanicus) (below left), Dusky... Read More

Creeping with “Christ” bird

02 Jul 2008   in Morphology-Develop., Species No Comments »
Contributed by Daisy O'Neill
Creeping with “Christ” bird “The religious text – Bible, mentions a Messiah or Christ that ‘walked on water.’ But that was more than two thousand years ago if one chooses the religious faith of Christianity to believe. “Delving into the avian world, I discovered that a family of birds- Jacanas Jacanidae or lotus birds/lily-trotters commonly known by Australians, are also called Christ birds – for they seemingly seen to be walking on water from afar. “With a worldwide total of only... Read More

Brown-capped Woodpecker nesting

01 Jul 2008   in Nesting No Comments »
Contributed by Mike Tan
Brown-capped Woodpecker nesting Mike Tan a.k.a. woof documented the nesting of the Brown-capped Woodpecker, also known as Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos moluccensis) in May 2008. A common resident in Malaysia and Singapore, the bird excavates a 15-30 cm deep tunnel in a dead or rotting tree branch or trunk, leaving a small entrance of about 4 cm wide. Both adults indulge in the excavation. Mike noticed the parent appearing at the entrance of the nest on 16th May 2008 (left). After several days when... Read More

Scarlet-breasted Flowerpecker eating figs

30 Jun 2008   in Feeding-plants 14 Comments »
Contributed by Jimmy Tan
Jimmy Tan a.k.a. skylark was at the Panti Forest Reserve in Johor, Malaysia recently and caught sight of an adult male Scarlet-breasted Flowerpecker (Prionochilus thoracicus) eating a fig. He posted his images in NaturePixels and is sharing the above with us all. Joseph Lai and Angie Ng identified the fig as brown-scurfy fig (Ficus consociata). Figs are a favourite food with birds. The best known fig tree in Singapore is the waringin (Ficus benjamina) at the summit of... Read More

Changeable Hawk Eagle sighted at Southern Ridge

29 Jun 2008   in Raptors No Comments »
Contributed by Adeline Chia
Changeable Hawk Eagle sighted at Southern Ridge Adeline Chia was taking the Southern Ridge walk in Singapore one day in June 2008 with a few friends… “We were out for the Southern Ridges walk. We started from Habourfront, and was going towards the Henderson waves bridge where we stopped to see the open view of HDB estate before the bridge. Someone then pointed out a large black raptor to us, and we say that it was indeed very dark, and was perching on a large branch of a tree a distance away feeding on what I was... Read More