• 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,...

A cemetery in Penang: A birdwatcher’s paradise

21 Apr 2008   in Habitat No Comments »
Contributed by Choo Teik Ju
Choo Teik Ju was in Penang, Malaysia towards the end of March 2008 and was impressed by the rich bird life in the Mt Erskin Chinese Cemetery (above). “The Mt Erskin Chinese Cemetery is near Tanjung Tokong, which is only 15 minutes drive from the city center of Georgetown. The cemetery has lots of bamboos and old trees and can be dated back to the Qing Dynasty Emperor 光緒 and the early days of Kuomintang (民國) era. “The maturity of the environment and lack of... Read More

Dr. Redzlan Abdul Rahman and his birding paradise

21 Apr 2008   in Travel-Personality No Comments »
Contributed by YC
Dr. Redzlan Abdul Rahman and his birding paradise Since late February 2008, Dr. Redzlan Abdul Rahman has been contributing a total of six exciting accounts on bird behaviour that you can access HERE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. More are on the pipeline as he keeps on documenting the birds that visit his backyard. Yes, his backyard. That’s him on the left with his two young sons and his photographic equipment. His able assistant is his elder son, Muhammad Firdaus, in a dark blue shirt. He started off in March 2007 with a... Read More

Blue Rock Thrush

20 Apr 2008   in Species 1 Comment »
Contributed by KC Tsang
Blue Rock Thrush The Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius) breeds in southern Europe and northwest Africa and from central Asia to northern China and Malaysia. In Peninsular Malaysia, the thrush, true to its name, breeds in limestone outcrops and according to Collar (2005), is has been observed recently to breed also in city buildings. Here, it is a resident as well as a migratory bird. The birds that KC Tsang highlight here were photographed among the limestone hills around Kek Look... Read More

Yellow-vented Bulbul bathing in the rain

19 Apr 2008   in Feathers-maintenance 2 Comments »
Contributed by YC
Yellow-vented Bulbul bathing in the rain Not all birds take shelter once it rains. Not this Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) anyway. It perched on a branch shaded very lightly by the leaves of the curry bush (Myrraya koenigii). The droplets of rain fell on its plumage. The bird shook them off and fluffed its feathers. It was obviously having a bath. This went on for about four minutes and the bird moved from point to point. And all the time it was enjoying the rain. Then the rain stopped and the... Read More

Anatomy of a munia’s nest

18 Apr 2008   in Nests 2 Comments »
Contributed by YC
Anatomy of a munia's nest Tan Teo Seng brought me an abandoned bird nest from his fruit farm in Kota Tinggi, Johor recently. Measuring 300 x 130 mm, it is firmly lodged between the narrow forking twigs of a jambu (Syzygium sp.) plant that grew around the farm (above). When examined closely, it was found to be made up of two components (below). The nest itself is an oval structure, 80 x 60 mm, with a small round opening of 35 mm diameter near the top (above, below right). Overhanging the opening is... Read More

Long-tailed Sibia eating mollusc

18 Apr 2008   in Feeding-invertebrates No Comments »
Contributed by KC Tsang
Long-tailed Sibia eating mollusc KC Tsang was at Fraser’s Hill, Malaysia on 16th February 2008 when he encountered a Long-tailed Sibia (Heterophasia picaoides) picking up snails (mollusc) and eating them (below). The sibia is a lower and upper montane forest species, uncommon below 1,200 metres altitude. The very long tail and white wing patch of this bird makes it easy to recognise in the field. It is abundant around this hill station, tame and occurs in small flocks moving around the forst canopy,... Read More

Javan Pond Heron in flight

17 Apr 2008   in Heron-Egret-Bittern Comments Off
Contributed by Mark Chua
It is fascinating to watch the Javan Pond Heron (Ardeola speciosa) taking off in flight. From the ground it bends its legs to a crouch, then jumps up, to gain the initial impetus. As it jumps, its huge pair of wings unfolds and begins flapping (below). The downward strokes lift the bird into the air. Once airborne, the bird begins a continuous series of flapping to maintain its altitude. When level flight is reached, it has its legs and feet fully extended backwards and... Read More

Oriental Pied Hornbill manipulating hairy caterpillar

16 Apr 2008   in Feeding-invertebrates 1 Comment »
Contributed by Allan Teo
Oriental Pied Hornbill manipulating hairy caterpillar In March 2008, Allan Teo sent in an image of an Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) manipulating a hairy caterpillar. The hornbill was observed rubbing the caterpillar against a tree branch to rid it of the hairs before swallowing it. Or is it to remove the stomach contents? Allan also provided a file, showing the bird doing just that (left). The hairs of such caterpillars can be irritating to predators, many of which simply leave them alone. However, some... Read More

Storm’s Stork sighted at Panti Forest, Johor

15 Apr 2008   in Species No Comments »
Contributed by Flexi & YC
Storm’s Stork sighted at Panti Forest, Johor A Storm’s Stork (Ciconia stormi) was sighted flying over Panti Forest Reserve, Johor, Malaysia on the morning of 14th April 2008 (above). It was flying south and of the many who witnessed the bird, only “flexi” of NaturePixel.org succeeded in getting an image that is posted here. The sighting of the Storm’s Stork around Johor’s Panti Forest is not the first. Wells (1999) reports the sighting of two birds in 1995 by R. Subaraj. This is a relatively large bird that... Read More

Lesser Shortwing at Fraser’s Hill, Peninsular Malaysia

15 Apr 2008   in Species 1 Comment »
Contributed by KC Tsang
Lesser Shortwing at Fraser's Hill, Peninsular Malaysia The Lesser Shortwing (Brachypteryx leucophrys) is a bird that not many birders have the opportunity to see. More often than not, it is heard than seen. And once heard, its rich and melodious song remains with you. But even after hearing its vocalisation, it is extremely difficult to locate the bird. It lurks on or near the ground, alone or in a pair. And mostly, it remains within the tangle of vegetation in the forest understorey, or at the forest edge hidden among the... Read More