• 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,...

Dollarbird feeding nestlings with shield-bug

30 Apr 2008   in Feeding-invertebrates 2 Comments »
Contributed by James Wong
Dollarbird feeding nestlings with shield-bug The Dollarbirds (Eurystomus orientalis) were nesting again at the Changi Boardwalk. Constructed from palm stems, probably nibong (Oncosperma sp.), the rotting top portions are favourite nesting holes for these birds. These hole nesters make use of the natural cavities as they are not able to excavate their own. There is an earlier post on the nesting in 2006. James Wong a.k.a. Jw73 documented the birds bringing insects to the nestlings and are sharing his images with us... Read More

Sighting of Pin-tailed Whydah

29 Apr 2008   in Exotics 2 Comments »
Contributed by Alvin & Dr Eric Tan
Sighting of Pin-tailed Whydah Alvin a.k.a. epiphytophile of NaturePixels.org was at Changi Cove on the afternoon of 9th April 2008 when he saw a strange and unfamiliar looking bird with a prominently long tail (above). He managed to get a few pictures before the bird disappeared. It was a male Pin-tailed Whydah (Vidua macroura) in breeding plumage, thus the long tail. Similarly, Dr Eric Tan a.k.a. MountainMan succeeded in snapping a few images of this impressively looking and attractive bird... Read More

Blue-throated Bee-eater handling a bee

29 Apr 2008   in Feeding-invertebrates No Comments »
Contributed by Dr. Redzlan Abdul Rahman
Blue-throated Bee-eater handling a bee As the name implies, the main diet of the Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis) is honeybees (Apis spp.) and other hymenopterans. It also eats other insects like flies, beetles, bugs, moths, butterflies, dragonflies and even small fishes. The bird forages from a high perch, to return to the perch to beat the prey before swallowing. With smaller, soft insects, they are swallowed at once, in other words, eaten on the wing. Bee-eaters also feast at termite hatches and pick... Read More

Whistling Thrushes in Malaysia

28 Apr 2008   in Species 1 Comment »
Contributed by KC Tsang & Allan Teo
Whistling Thrushes in Malaysia Peninsular Malaysia has two resident Whistling Thrushes, Blue (Myophonus caeruleus) (above) and Malayan (M. robinsoni). The former has a wide distribution that includes South-central Asia, Southern Tibet, the Himalayas, part of the Indian subcontinent and China, down south to Southeast Asia, up to Sumatra and Java. The Malayan, on the other hand, has a very limited range: confined only to the Main Range from Cameron Highlands south to Genting Highlands (below). The two... Read More

A family of Red-legged Crakes

27 Apr 2008   in Species 4 Comments »
Contributed by Dr Eric Tan
A family of Red-legged Crakes On 11th February 2008, Dr Eric Tan a.k.a. MountainMan, documented an adult Red-legged Crake (Rallina fasciata) accompanied by a recently fledged chick foraging together in the Singapore Botanical Gardens (above: adult right, fledgling left). There is more than one family of Red-legged Crake in the Gardens. One or more birds are regularly sighted in the morning or early evening, foraging or even stealing a bath in a roadside puddle after rain. The above images show the... Read More

White-bellied Sea Eagle learning to fish

27 Apr 2008   in Feeding strategy, Feeding-vertebrates, Raptors 3 Comments »
Contributed by Wei Chun
White-bellied Sea Eagle learning to fish A White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) was documented by Wei Chun a.k.a. speedblade, catching a fish around Bukit Panjang (above). Apparently, the eagle was not very experienced in catching fish. Or was it a bad day for the bird? This eagle is an opportunistic feeder, catching a wide range of mainly aquatic vertebrates, including reptiles, fish, birds and mammals. It also takes carrion, floating refuse and wastes in rubbish dumps. It usually hunts from a high... Read More

Avian Kama & Sutrajee

26 Apr 2008   in Barbet-To'can-H'guide, Courtship-Mating No Comments »
Contributed by Daisy O'Neill
Avian Kama & Sutrajee “When article ‘An Uncouth Avian Cowboy Comes to Town’ was posted last February (see HERE), I least expected my good fortune to again witnessed another act of copulation by a pair of uncouth Coppersmith Barbets (Megalaima haemacephala), Kama and Sutrajee, who seemed to love kamasutric performances in an open-air auditorium. “The stage scene was by no means in a romantic perfumed garden or near any golden lotus ponds, but a far cry up on an old skeletal tree branch,... Read More

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo eating forest cockroach

25 Apr 2008   in Feeding-invertebrates No Comments »
Contributed by Johnny Wee
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo eating forest cockroach In late March, Johnny Wee encountered a Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradisus) at the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. He witnessed the bird catching a large forest cockroach (Pseudophoraspis nebulosa) (left). The bird obviously caught the cockroach by the head, holding it firmly in its bill. It then tossed the insect into the air to swallow it head-first. As soon as it swallowed the insect, it spitted it out. Obviously there must be something unpleasant with the... Read More

Tales of bird behaviour from Florida, US

24 Apr 2008   in uncategorised No Comments »
Contributed by - see article -
Tales of bird behaviour from Florida, US  Our earlier post on “Look, watch and listen” attracted the attention of a naturalist from McIntosh, Florida, US. Buford Pruitt (left) maintains the blog, Nature Adventures (below) and sent in the following comment to support our call for more studies on bird behaviour: “…Just identifying and photographing birds is not enough (for me). In this day and age of appalling species extinction, the least we naturalists can do is to document the bahavior of birds. I try to... Read More

Black-naped Tern: Defense vomiting

23 Apr 2008   in Interspecific 6 Comments »
Contributed by Roger Deng
Black-naped Tern: Defense vomiting This post on the mobbing of a Grey Heron by Black-naped Terns (and associated images) has been incorporated into the publication below. Please visit this SITE to get a PDF copy of the paper (2008, No. 23). Deng, S. H., T. K. Lee & Y. C. Wee, 2008. Black-naped terns (Sterna sumatrana Raffles, 1822) mobbing a grey heron (Ardea cinerea Linnaeus, 1758). Nature in Singapore 1:... Read More