• 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,...

Silver-breasted Broadbill swallowing cicada

10 May 2008   in Feeding-invertebrates No Comments »
Contributed by Roger Moo
Silver-breasted Broadbill swallowing cicada In March 2008, Roger Moo a.k.a. cactus400D documented a Silver-breasted Broadbill (Serilophus lunatus) in Malaysia catching a cicada and swallowing it. The photographers were just assembling when the broadbill suddenly flew in and perched on a branch of a nearby tree. It had a cicada in its bill (above). This naturally provided an excellent photo opportunity. The bird kept on “…jerking, shaking vigorously, swinging its head from one side to the other, trying hard to... Read More

Spotted Dove sunbathing

09 May 2008   in Feathers-maintenance No Comments »
Contributed by YC
Spotted Dove sunbathing Lately, a pair of Spotted Doves (Streptopelia chinensis) have adopted my garden, visiting a few times a day to forage and to sunbathe. Initially, I managed to see only one large bird lazing on the driveway, raising its wings to soak in the sun (left). I only noticed it when I walked out of the house and th bird noisely flew off into the garden. Besides the characteristic loud flapping, also made by other pigeons like Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans), my attention... Read More

Strange behaviour of a pair of Brown-throated Sunbirds

09 May 2008   in Sunbirds No Comments »
Contributed by Susan Wong Chor Mun
Strange behaviour of a pair of Brown-throated Sunbirds Susan Wong Chor Mun of Malaysia sent in this observation on 29th April 2008: “I spotted this two female birds fly in and perched about one foot above the ground side by side (facing each other) on another perch earlier. What attracted me was, I noticed that these two birds seemed to communicate with each other. “During my observations, I noticed that these two birds did not call. They were stretching their legs with up and down motions and turning or shaking their... Read More

Gold-whiskered Barbet preying on Eurasian Tree Sparrow

08 May 2008   in Barbet-To'can-H'guide, Feeding-vertebrates, Interspecific 1 Comment »
Contributed by Dr. Redzlan Abdul Rahman
Gold-whiskered Barbet preying on Eurasian Tree Sparrow On 2nd May 2008, Dr. Redzlan Abdul Rahman photographed a Gold-whiskered Barbet (Megalaima chrysopogon) catching an Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) at his backyard in the Pahang town of Raub in Malaysia. The barbet caught the sparrow in the jambu tree (Syzygium sp.) and flew across the small stream, to perch on a branch of the petai tree (Parkia speciosa) (above). There, it bashed the helpless sparrow again and again on the branch (below) until most of its feathers... Read More

White-throated Kingfisher catching Scaly-breasted Munia

07 May 2008   in Feeding-vertebrates, Kingfishers 6 Comments »
Contributed by Willis
White-throated Kingfisher catching Scaly-breasted Munia Willis documented a White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) catching a Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata) at Wak Hassan Drive, opposite Sembawang Park. The documentation was done way back in April 2005 and only now made available to viewers. “The kingfisher was perching on a nearby railing when it spied the munia. It immediately dived down into the grass and grabbed the helpless bird. The prey was brought back to the perch and whacked repeatedly against... Read More

Common Iora handling caterpillar

07 May 2008   in Feeding-invertebrates No Comments »
Contributed by Choo Teik Ju
Common Iora handling caterpillar Choo Teik Ju was observing a male Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia) moving around the branches of a tree when it suddenly caught a caterpillar. With the caterpillar firmly clamped in its bill, the bird flew to another tree to eat it. Still gripping the caterpillar in its bill, it gently swiped it against the branch a few times (left; below, top left). It then left it on the branch, looked at it for a short while as if to admire its handiwork (below, top right). Finally, it... Read More

Excitement around a Collared Owlet

06 May 2008   in Interspecific, Owls 2 Comments »
Contributed by Nelson Khor & Roger Moo
Excitement around a Collared Owlet It was March 2008 and Nelson Khor was birding with a group of photographer buddies at Bukit Tinggit, Pahang, Malaysia when he encountered and photographed a Collared Owlet (Glaucidium brodiei) (above). Roger Moo a.k.a. Cactus400D similarly managed to shoot the seldom seen owlet and wrote an interesting account of their encounter. It was late evening and they were looking for a spiderhunter. An owl flew in and chased away the spiderhunter. Everyone rushed to the scene to... Read More

BESG’s website logged 300,000 visitors: A tribute to bird photographers

05 May 2008   in Reports No Comments »
Contributed by YC Wee
BESG’s website logged 300,000 visitors: A tribute to bird photographers The BESG website has passed another milestone – 300,000 visitors. And after nearly three years of posting more than 700 items on bird behaviour. We initially planned to wait until half a million visitors to make an announcement. But things are changing fast in the local birdwatching scene. There are signs of a possible paradigm shift in the mindset of local birdwatchers. And we are eager to announce this. The local nature society’s birdwatching community is at last... Read More

Black-capped Kingfisher catching a fiddler crab

04 May 2008   in Feeding strategy, Feeding-invertebrates, Kingfishers 1 Comment »
Contributed by Jianzhong Liu
Black-capped Kingfisher catching a fiddler crab This documentation of a Black-capped Kingfisher (Halcyon pileata) catching a fiddler crab was made in the Mai Po marshes of Hongkong (above). Jianzhong Liu a.k.a Jz first posted the images in NaturePixels.org in March 2008 The Black-capped Kingfisher breeds in the Indian subcontinent, Myanmar, Indochina and Korea. It winters in many parts of Southeast Asia. In Singapore as well as in Hongkong, it is a rare winter visitor and passage migrant, although Hongkong sees an... Read More

Antics of the Banded Woodpeckers

04 May 2008   in Feeding strategy 2 Comments »
Contributed by KC Tsang
Antics of the Banded Woodpeckers “On 28/04/2008, I went to the Singapore Botanic Gardens just to check out the bird life there, generally quite quiet, finally ended up at the Ginger Garden where I was met by three noisy Banded Woodpeckers (Picus miniaceus) hard at work, hopping from branch to branch. “Their reason for hopping from branch to branch was to check out the ones that were rotten, and being a rotten branch, there would always be a chance that there would be a scrumptious grub for... Read More