• 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,...

Should we remove chicks that fell out of their nests?

13 Apr 2008   in Rescue 1 Comment »
Contributed by YC
Should we remove chicks that fell out of their nests? What would you do if you come across a helpless chick on the ground, crying softly to its parents? Would you simply walk away? Would you pick it up and look after it, or seek out someone to do so? Many people believe that the chick will die as it has been displaced from its nest. And they will pick it up and take it away. But what exactly is the situation? Most chicks when they first leave their nest, or what birders call fledge, are just learning to fly. The may end up on... Read More

Alan and Meg Kemp

12 Apr 2008   in Travel-Personality 2 Comments »
Contributed by YC Wee
Alan and Meg Kemp were in town recently, on their way to Mulu National Park, Sarawak (left). Alan’s interests include hornbills, raptors, owls and behavioural ecology of birds. He PhD research was on hornbills, undertaken when he was a research assistant in Kruger National Park. He was the ornithologist at the Department of Birds, Transvaal Museum, Pretoria from 1969-1999 and Manager of the Museum until his early retirement in 2001. I first met Alan in September... Read More

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo mobbing Changeable Hawk Eagle

11 Apr 2008   in Interspecific, Raptors 4 Comments »
Contributed by KC Tsang
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo mobbing Changeable Hawk Eagle KC Tsang was at Bukit Brown cemetery on the morning of 3rd April 2008 observing swifts and swallows. His mission was to photograph these birds and try develop a field photographic identification guide (see 1, 2 and 3). While at Bukit Brown, he noticed an approaching raptor. As the bird flew nearer, he recognised it as a Changeable Hawk Eagle (Spizaetus cirrhatus). His full attention was drawn towards it by the cacophony of loud bird cries. The eagle was being pursued by a... Read More

Raising Kings II

10 Apr 2008   in Feeding chicks, Kingfishers 1 Comment »
Contributed by Daisy O'Neill
Raising Kings II This is a continuation from the previous post… Raising Kings I. The chicks continued to be fed dependant on their parents in the first two weeks. When Zena gave the rattling ‘come and get it call’ with rations sandwiched in her beak, hungry chicks usually responded quite immediately. She made them fly and scurry along the tight wire to reach for their food. Feeding stopped when Zena received no more response. She swallowed the left over. Zena, having gone slimmer... Read More

Raising Kings I

09 Apr 2008   in Feeding chicks, Fledgling-Fledging, Kingfishers 2 Comments »
Contributed by Daisy O'Neill
Raising Kings I Raising Kings is a sequential to Breeding Kings. Join me in this 2nd part to witness Hector and Zena – the parental pair of White-throated Kingfishers (Halcyon smyrnensis), nurture their brood and let go. Maybe human beings may find a jewel or two in this documentation to admire our feathered descendants of mythological King Ceyx, enjoy the headaches and heartaches of bringing up children and learning the art of detachment. Allegro – the oldest fledgling,... Read More

Malayan Whistling Thrush: 5. The chicks have fledged

08 Apr 2008   in Feeding chicks, Nesting 3 Comments »
Contributed by Allan Teo & YC
Malayan Whistling Thrush: 5. The chicks have fledged The two chicks of the Malayan Whistling Thrush (Myophonus robinsoni) finally fledged on the early morning of 1st April 2008. At 0701 hours, an adult thrush approached the nest, landing on the wooden beam. The two chick were highly excited, chirping and flapping their wings, their bills agape. As the adult walked nearer to the nest, the chicks responded by moving towards it, in a “flying” sort of way (below, left to right). The adult seemed to offer the food to... Read More

The Javan Pond Heron in Singapore

07 Apr 2008   in Heron-Egret-Bittern, Migration-Migrants 12 Comments »
Contributed by Subaraj Rajathurai
The Javan Pond Heron in Singapore “The reported ‘discovery’ of two Javan Pond Herons (Ardeola speciosa) at Serangoon (Lorong Halus) on March 1st 2008 (above), reported in the Nature Society (Singapore) bird group’s website (left), brought back old memories. I decided to do a little research and found that there is a need for a proper account. What has been reported so far about this species in Singapore is unsatisfactory. “There was apparently an old ‘Singapore’... Read More

Another Javan Myna chick picked up: 2. Release

06 Apr 2008   in Feeding chicks, Rescue No Comments »
Contributed by YC & Gloria Seow
Another Javan Myna chick picked up: 2. Release The Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus) chick picked up by Gloria Seow and raised by me since 18th March 2008 was keenly aware of its surroundings. Whenever it heard bird calling from the garden, it fluttered excitedly around its cage trying to get out. Obviously it was about to fledge. Its wing feathers were fully developed; it regularly exercised its wings, flapping and stretching them; and it had begun to actively preen its feathers. In an effort to encourage it to feed... Read More

Malayan Whistling Thrush: 4. Preparing to fledge

04 Apr 2008   in Nesting No Comments »
Contributed by Allan Teo & YC
Malayan Whistling Thrush: 4. Preparing to fledge The chicks of the Malayan Whistling Thrush (Myophonus robinsoni) had grown quite a lot by 27th March 2008. Their wings feathers and muscles appeared fully developed and they had been flapping and stretching their wings all the time. Allan Teo was first to notice that the adults were preparing the chicks for fledging. The adults were arriving less frequently with food. At times one chick was fed while the other had to wait 10 minutes or longer for its turn. Other times they... Read More

Oriental Honey-buzzard: Sightings in March

04 Apr 2008   in Raptors No Comments »
Contributed by KC Tsang & Choo Teik Ju
Oriental Honey-buzzard: Sightings in March On 26th March 2008, KC Tsang reported an Oriental Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhyncus) peeping into his kitchen: “Looks like this OHB loves to hang around my kitchen
 window, and the estate where I am staying. The same 
kind of behavior was evident too the previous years. It 
will announce its presence by blasting pass my kitchen 
window as it did this early morning. “…the assam tree (Tamarindus indicus) is its favourite roosting place
 for the night. Managed... Read More