Nesting of Whiskered Treeswift

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An earlier post describes the courtship and mating of a pair of Whiskered Treeswift (Hemiprocne comata). The nesting has also been described for the Grey-rumped Treeswift (Hemiprocne longipennis). This post by Hong & Cheng a.k.a. catspace gives a clear view … Continued

Mynas as pets

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Jeremy Lee relates his experience keeping mynas as pets after learning of the Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus) chick taken by a cat. “At least you had the chick only for 14 days. When you have kept one and have taken … Continued

Nesting Laced Woodpecker

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Mark G. documented a male Laced Woodpecker (Picus vittatus) feeding his chicks in early July 2009. The nesting cavity was excavated about a metre up the trunk of a living tree in Singapore’s Jurong Chinese Garden. The male bird was … Continued

Banded Woodpecker picking ants

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Jason Cho sent this image of a Banded Woodpecker (Picus miniaceus) picking ants from a tree. This bird is a common resident in Singapore. It forages on living tree stems and branches as well as dead ones, tapping and probing … Continued

Baya Weaver, acacia and pennisetum grass

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Seow Boon Eu of Penang, Malaysia was observing Baya Weavers (Ploceus philippinus) constructing their elaborate nests attached to the acacia tree (Acacia auriculiformis) (below left). Acacia trees originate from tropical Australia and New Guinea, introduced as roadside trees. These trees … Continued

Pied Fantail takes a dragonfly

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Mark G. photographed this Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica) catching a dragonfly in mid-August 2009. The bird was hopping around a clump of bamboos when suddenly it flew down 2 to 3 metres in front of Mark and caught the dragonfly … Continued

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