Juvenile Black-naped Oriole eating figs

posted in: Feeding-plants | 1

Mark G sent in an image of a juvenile Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis) feasting on the figs of Ficus benjamina or Benjamin fig, also known as waringin. Unfortunately it has not been reported how the oriole handles the figs: whether … Continued

Baya Weavers do build odd-shaped nests

posted in: Nests | 1

An earlier post discussed the strange nests built probably by weaver birds and speculated on the possible reasons why these birds constructed such non-functional nests. An appeal via BESG’s e-forum resulted in a response by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS of … Continued

An odd-looking weaver bird nest?

posted in: Nests | 2

Mike CK Tan came across a strange looking nest sometime in August 2009. In fact there were two such nests at Seletar. Nearby there were nests of Baya Weavers (Ploceus philippinus). Unlike these nest that were attached from a single … Continued

Peregrine Falcon in urban locations

posted in: Raptors | 4

“The sight of common house crows perching on TV antennae of high rise apartments in Singapore is familiar to all. How about that of the Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)?” ask Sun Chong Hong. “On 24 Feb 09 at about 6.30 … Continued

What motivates cross-breeding?

posted in: Courtship-Mating, Interspecific | 1

This post is the result of two earlier posts on a Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster) and a Yellow-vented Bulbul (P. goiavier) pairing up and starting a family – see here: 1 and 2. Another commenatory has been posted earlier. “’John_singapore’ … Continued

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