• 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,...

Common Kingfisher handling fish

06 Nov 2008   in Feeding strategy, Feeding-vertebrates, Kingfishers No Comments »
Contributed by KC Tsang
Common Kingfisher handling fish KC Tsang was among those who were at Jurong in late October 2008 to greet the Common Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris), an uncommon winter visitor to Singapore. “It was late this morning at the Japanese Gardens, that I had the opportunity of witnessing the violent way that a Common Kingfisher dispatched with it’s catch. “The bird was at it’s usual post, these birds have a habit of going back to it’s favorite perch. Suddenly in a split second the bird... Read More

Blue-winged Pitta in a glass crash

05 Nov 2008   in Collision-Reflection, Rescue 2 Comments »
Contributed by Liangyuan Wong
Blue-winged Pitta in a glass crash Liangyuan Wong wrote in on the evening of the 30th October 2008 as a Blue-winged Pitta (Pitta moluccensis) had just crashed onto the glass window of his home in Bishan. It was after 7.30 pm then and he wanted to know whether he could release the bird early next morning. During the interim, the bird tried to fly out of the house and again crashed onto the glass window. The bird was stunned but not injured in any other way. It was kept indoors in a basket and covered with a... Read More

Chinese Egret, problems of identification

05 Nov 2008   in Heron-Egret-Bittern 1 Comment »
Contributed by R. Subaraj, Morten Strange, Mark Andrews & Mendis Tan
Chinese Egret, problems of identification The posting of a Chinese Egret (Egretta eulophotes) sighted at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve sparked a minor controversy on its identification. Morten Strange had a look at the images and wrote: “This is always a tough one. Mendis could be right. But I would say with this one that there is a 90% chance that this is a Pacific Reef Egret (Egretta sacra). I say this on the shape of the bill and the short legs showing well at take-off (both thigh and tarsus bone). It seems... Read More

Barbets and papaya

04 Nov 2008   in Feeding-plants No Comments »
Contributed by Daisy O'Neill
Barbets and papaya Following an earlier post on the Gold-whiskered Barbet (Megalaima chrysopogon) feeding on a papaya, Daisy O’Neill sent in her images of a Red-throated (Megalaima mystacophanos) (above left) as well as a Gold-whiskered similarly (above right) feeding on the papay (Carica papaya). “This is very true. I have been observing a GWB adult in June/July 2008 strategising his approach and in pecking order that the GWB had to share the papaya with the Red-Throated Barbet –... Read More

Charlie Moores and the von Schrenck’s Bittern

04 Nov 2008   in Heron-Egret-Bittern, Reports No Comments »
Contributed by YC, Charlie Moores & R Subaraj
Charlie Moores and the von Schrenck's Bittern Charlie Moores is one of three who run 10,000 Birds. Founded by Mike Bergin, this very popular birding blog is based in the US. And was I surprised to learn that Charlie operates from his base in Britain. But then he is travelling around the world most of the time. In fact he was in Singapore only a few days ago, on 31st October 2008, to be exact. That’s him on the left with KC Tsang. The very next day after he arrived, he was off to Sime Road to bird. And as luck... Read More

Great Hornbill at Bukit Timah

03 Nov 2008   in Hornbills No Comments »
Contributed by Jens Poehlker
Great Hornbill at Bukit Timah Jens Poehlker photographed the female excapee Great Hornbill (Buceros bicronis) at the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve in later October 2008. This shows that the bird it is still around and well. Now that the Great and the Rhinoceros Hornbills’ favourite daytime haunt at the Eng Neo Avenue albizia tree has rotted and collapsed, we need to locate where the pair of females hang out. Also, we need to locate their respective roosting sites… Any news of the above is... Read More

Common Kingfisher in comfort behaviour

03 Nov 2008   in Comfort behaviour, Feathers-maintenance, Kingfishers No Comments »
Contributed by Rane Wong
Common Kingfisher in comfort behaviour The arrival of the Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) in Singapore around October 2008 saw many photographers documenting this common winter visitor and passage migrant. The bird arrives as early as 14th August and as later as 14th May. The images here by Rane Wong a.k.a Reno shows the bird preening its wings. Common Kingfisher often preen immediately after bathing in water. This forms an important part of its comfort behaviour. First, one wing is raised to allow the bird to... Read More

Seed dispersal by bulbuls in Hong Kong

02 Nov 2008   in Feeding-plants No Comments »
Contributed by YC
Seed dispersal by bulbuls in Hong Kong When bird-photographers and even birders make observations in the field on the fruits birds take, they could keep an eye on how the fruits are eaten – swallowed whole, pecked piece by piece, squashed the contents out, etc. And another observation that needs be to noted is how soon and how far away are the seeds excreted or even regurgitated. Prof Richard T Corlett, formerly of the University of Hong Kong, now back with the National University of Singapore, is keenly... Read More

Falcons, eagles and a kite all in one morning

01 Nov 2008   in Raptors 1 Comment »
Contributed by KC & Amy Tsang
Falcons, eagles and a kite all in one morning On 19th October 2008, KC Tsang and wife Amy was at Teruk Track near Kranji when they spotted a Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus). “Amy and me spotted a pair at Terut Track this morning at around 11.00 am,
 high up the BBC’s radio pylons, one on each pylon (above). They had reveled themselves by their load calls … kek… kek…kek… if not it would had been next to impossible to spot them…” “Besides the peregrine falcons, there was a... Read More

Stork-billed Kingfisher foraging on a rotting branch

31 Oct 2008   in Kingfishers, Miscellaneous 1 Comment »
Contributed by Jay Tan
Stork-billed Kingfisher foraging on a rotting branch On 1st October 2008, Jay Tan a.k.a. jay documented a series of images of a Stork-billed Kingfisher (Halcyon capensis) picking off pieces of rotting wood off its perch at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. “Was at SBWR yesterday and saw this storky picking off tree bark from the branch it was perching on. It went on to whack the bark around and did something like munching on it… It did not swallow the entire bark though and finally dropped it. What is it actually... Read More