• 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,...

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

Barbet, woodpecker, myna and an empty nesting cavity

14 Apr 2008   in Barbet-To'can-H'guide, Interspecific, Nesting No Comments »
Contributed by Dr Redzlan Abdul Rahman
Barbet, woodpecker, myna and an empty nesting cavity In the town of Raub, in Pahang, Malaysia, Muhammad Firdaus Redzlan was observing a Gold-wiskered Barbet (Megalaima chrysopogon) cleaning up a nesting cavity in a trunk of a tree. Young Muhammad informed his father who kept watch the next morning. The barbet returned to check on the cavity. But before Dr Redzlan Abdul Rahman could record the visit, the bird flew off. He waited for an hour that morning but the barbet did not return. Instead, a pair of Common Flamebacks... Read More

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