• 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,...

Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot and guava

16 Nov 2008   in Feeding-plants, Parrots 2 Comments »
Contributed by Eric Pooi
Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot and guava Eric Pooi a.k.a. ericp is sharing his image of a female Blue-crowned Hanging Parrots (Loriculus galgulus) about to eat the ripe guave fruit (Psidium guajava) in his neighbour’s garden. The parrots were part of a bird wave that suddenly swept through his area at around 6pm one evening. There were also at least 15 juvenile Asian Glossy Starlings (Aplonis panayensis) in the group. Image by Eric Pooi. This post is a cooperative effort between www.naturepixels.org and BESG... Read More

Common Kingfisher doing a head turn

16 Nov 2008   in Morphology-Develop. No Comments »
Contributed by Lee Tiah Khee
Common Kingfisher doing a head turn Lee Tiah Khee photographed a Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) with its head turned front to back, 180 degrees. This enabled the bird to preen its tail feathers while it is still sitting on the branch. The literature says that the kingfisher “shows limited degree of eye rotation, and, instead, they use head movement to track prey.” The inability of their eyes to move much in their sockets has been compensated by their long flexible necks Yes, all birds have a long neck... Read More

Orange-bellied Flowerpecker eating fruit of Indian cherry

15 Nov 2008   in Feeding-plants No Comments »
Contributed by Johnny Wee
Orange-bellied Flowerpecker eating fruit of Indian cherry Johnny Wee photographed an Orange-bellied Flowerpecker (Dicaeum trigonostigma), a female, eating a fruit of the Indian cherry tree (Muntingia calabura). The bird picked the ripe fruit and, using its bill, squeezed it to get at the soft pulp inside packed with tiny seeds. An earlier post shows a male using his lower mandible to partially pierce the ripe fruit and squeezing it to take the sweet... Read More

Encounter with a Satin Bowerbird

15 Nov 2008   in Courtship-Mating 4 Comments »
Contributed by Dr CH Lee
An earlier post on Australia’s bowerbirds attracted the attention of an Australian blogger who wrote in giving his link. Dr CH Lee a.k.a. lchxian posted his encounter with a Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) on 5th November 2008. “Apparently, the male Satin Bowerbird spends a lot of it’s time building this bower. The bower is not a nest. It is just purely for the purpose of attracting a female, copulation is supposed to happen between the walls of the... Read More

Whiskered and White-winged Terns

14 Nov 2008   in Species No Comments »
Contributed by KC Tsang & BK Lim
Whiskered and White-winged Terns On 2nd November 2008, KC Tsang photographed two species of terns when out in the field: “I seem to have two different terns here, the angle and slope of the 
foreheads, the thickness of bills, seemed different. I believe both are juveniles.” KC identified them as White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) (left top) and Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybridus) (left right). However, he was a little apprehensive and got confirmation from our field ornithologist Wang Luan... Read More

Butcherbirds of Australia

14 Nov 2008   in Morphology-Develop., Species 3 Comments »
Contributed by Daisy O'Neill
Butcherbirds of Australia Australia has to be the only continent in the world that holds the most number of bird species with white and black plumages. Ranging from pelagic birds, shorebirds, land birds from ponds to tablelands and forests, they continue to amaze birders from all over for their sheer variable flycatcher to ostrich sizes. The first time I heard of the butcherbird was way back in the early 80’s over afternoon tea chat with an Australian colleague at work. I don’t remember how we... Read More

Black-naped Monarch in display

13 Nov 2008   in Miscellaneous 3 Comments »
Contributed by Adrian Lim
Black-naped Monarch in display In October 2008, Adrian Lim a.k.a. wmw998 documented a female Black-naped Monarch (Hypothymis azurea) in a ‘dance’ display. “These dancing shots of the female Black-naped Monarch were taken last Sunday. A pair of them happened to be nearby, while we were waiting for the Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher (Cyex erithacus) to appear. “…all of a sudden, I noted the female doing some funny actions. Without hesitation, I fired a series of shots, not knowing if they... Read More

Oriental Honey-buzzard mobbed

12 Nov 2008   in Interspecific, Raptors 1 Comment »
Contributed by Dr Leong Tzi Ming
Oriental Honey-buzzard mobbed On 8th November 2008, we received a report from Dr Leong Tzi Ming: “On the morning of 4th November, 2008, I photographed this raptor perched on the rooftop of adjacent houses outside my bedroom window. It was periodically being mocked, dive-bombed and chased by crows. “After describing it to R Subaraj, he believed it’s most likely to be the Oriental Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhyncus), en route towards the south. I also showed this picture to Morten Strange, who... Read More

Oriental Honey-buzzard attacking wasp nest

12 Nov 2008   in Feeding strategy, Feeding-invertebrates, Reports No Comments »
Contributed by Michael Ho
Oriental Honey-buzzard attacking wasp nest Michael Ho a.k.a. nemo photographed an Oriental Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhyncus) raiding a wasp nest on October 2008. The buzzard was flying around when it located a nest of the wasp, Vespa affinia, attached to what looks like a pine tree (Pinus sp.). It zoomed in and ripped the nest with its feet to get at the larvae. At the same time a piece of the nest dropped, exposing the wriggling larvae. Oriental Honey Buzzard eats mainly the larvae of bees and wasps. Sometimes... Read More

Oriental Pied Hornbill: Success of nesting boxes

11 Nov 2008   in Hornbills No Comments »
Contributed by Robert Teo
The nesting boxes built for the Oriental Pied Hornbills (Anthracoceros albirostris) have proved successful when used in the Jurong Bird Park. Being caged and not able to seek out natural cavities in old and rotting trees, these hornbills have no choice but to make use of the nesting boxes to breed. These boxes have also been used in the offshore island of Pulau Ubin where a large population of the hornbills are found. The hornbills have taken naturally to these nesting... Read More