• 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,...

Babbler feeding Drongo Cuckoo fledgling

28 Oct 2008   in Brood parasitism 2 Comments »
Contributed by Adrian Lim
Babbler feeding Drongo Cuckoo fledgling It is always pleasant to see an adult bird feeding its fledgling. It is sometimes puzzling to witness an adult feeding a fledgling of a different species. But when the fledgling is larger than the adult, it is a different feeling altogether. I suppose this was what Adrina Lim a.k.a. wmw998 felt when he documented a babbler feeding a very much larger Drongo Cuckoo (Surniculus lugubris) that looks so very different. One wonders how the adult is not able to recognize that the... Read More

A handicapped Blue-winged Leafbird

27 Oct 2008   in Miscellaneous No Comments »
Contributed by Choo Teik Ju
A handicapped Blue-winged Leafbird Choo Teik Ju a.k.a choo was in China recently and brought back images of a female Blue-winged Leafbird taken from the Liuxihe National Forest Park, Conghua. The bird had an injured right foot but this did not prevent her from moving from tree to tree foraging and from perching on the branches. Other than the injured foot, the bird was healthy and just as active as a normal bird. This post is a cooperative effort between www.naturepixels.org and BESG to bring the study of... Read More

Eurasian Curlew at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

26 Oct 2008   in Waders 2 Comments »
Contributed by Jacqueline Lau, Robert Teo & Ben Lee
Eurasian Curlew at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve On 18th October 2008, photographers had a field day at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve when a Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata) was spotted among a flock of Whimbrels (Numenius phaeopus) by Robert Teo, among others. This is an uncommon non-breeding winter visitor and passage migrant that begins to arrive as early as 24th August till 22nd March. This curlew is one of the largest of the waders and has an exceptionally long and decurved bill. According to Gils & Wiersma... Read More

Malayan Water Monitor catching catfish

25 Oct 2008   in Miscellaneous 3 Comments »
Contributed by Melbao
Malayan Water Monitor catching catfish Meibao sent in this note and the image above: “I was lucky enough to see a monitor lizard with a very very fresh-looking catfish in its jaws during low tide. (At the main bridge just outside the main hide.) “Suspect it just got lucky and managed to get a catfish that got stranded when the tide receded. But it went off with the fish when it realised it had a big group of spectators, so didn’t manage to watch it feed. “The last time I came across a feeding monitor... Read More

Common Flameback’s tongue

24 Oct 2008   in Feeding strategy No Comments »
Contributed by Dr. Redzlan Abdul Rahman
Common Flameback’s tongue Dr. Redzlan Abdul Rahman photographed a male Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense) perching on a rotten tree trunk probing for the larvae of wood-boring insects (above left). Because the trunk is rotten and pieces had broken off, when the bird started probing, his tongue could clearly be seen emerging from the other end of the tunnel (above right). The woodpecker’s tongue is its most important tool when probing for larvae. It is extremely long, has specialised muscles... Read More

Plain-pouched Hornbill’s eyelashes

23 Oct 2008   in Hornbills, Morphology-Develop. No Comments »
Contributed by Forest Ang & Nardia Thompson
Plain-pouched Hornbill’s eyelashes A post on eyelashes in birds way back in March 2007 brought a comment by Nardia Thompson recently: “I can tell you for a fact that there are several different types of birds that have eyelashes. When I was a tot we went to a petting zoo. Atop a pile of rocks was a solid black bird with a very long black beak. This bird had “showgirl” eyelashes. I noticed them from afar. I asked the keeper if I could pet the bird and he said “You can try…” and to a kid that... Read More

“Willie” the wagtail

22 Oct 2008   in Feeding strategy, Species No Comments »
Contributed by Daisy O'Neill
"Willie" the wagtail My first encounter with Australian birds some years ago was of shear fascination of names the birds are being known to be called. Bird field guide books have names to substantiate their apt description, be it their behaviour, bird calls or simply in anatomical description, habitat or their eating habits. Readers would rightly have guessed who they are, by mere hearing or be looking at by the mention of Catbird, Butcherbird, Lyrebird, Riflebird, Cicadabird, Bellbird,... Read More

Southern Ground Hornbill sighted in Singapore

21 Oct 2008   in Hornbills No Comments »
Contributed by Chan Kwok Wai, Steven Chong & Summerian Turks
Southern Ground Hornbill sighted in Singapore The recent posting of the Southern Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri) got a response from Steven Chong who wrote: “Spotted one roaming free some years back at West Coast Park (the carpark side with pond, next to dog run). Must have been an escapee?” Steven was jogging then and did not have his camera with him. However, he got an image from Chan Kok Wai who saw it on the morning on 5th July 2003. The bird was on a grass patch along Rifle Range Road somewhere near PIE... Read More

Chinese Egret at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

20 Oct 2008   in Waders 4 Comments »
Contributed by Mendis Tan
Chinese Egret at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve A Chinese Egret (Egretta eulophotes) was photographed by Mendis Tan at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on 25th August 2008. This bird is an uncommon winter visitor. The first record for Singapore was a specimen collected in 1940 at Seletar Airbase. Subsequently it was seen ar various locations like Changi, Jurong, Serangoon and Pulau Ubin. It arrives as early as 24th September and as late as 21st May. The current sighting on 25th August is an early date of arrival since... Read More

Crows caching food

18 Oct 2008   in Crows, Feeding strategy 1 Comment »
Contributed by Thong Chow Ngian
“I have an observation about crows which was unusual to me. In 2006, I saw flocks of crows surrounding a fisherman at a canal in Pasir Ris, near the Avana Downtown East Resort. The fisherman was using a casting net to catch tilapia in the shallow canal. He threw away many small silver fishes about 2 inches long. I observed a crow with a fish in its beak, flying to a grassy area. Instead of eating the fish, the crow found a patch on the ground and buried the fish, as if to... Read More