• 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,...

My bird garden

12 Feb 2008   in Conservation, Plants 1 Comment »
Contributed by YC
My bird garden My garden has been planted by birds – not totally, but partly. The birds brought the seeds and dropped them haphazardly. In most instances I allowed the plants to develop to maturity if they are not in the way of things. I had a trumpet tree (Cecropia peltata) growing for some months (top left). It was a male tree, a New World species that has become a weed in this part of the world. It grew too tall and threatened to invade my neighbour’s air space. As it was... Read More

Himalayan Swiftlet: 2. An ornithologist’s perspective

11 Feb 2008   in Swifts-Swallows 11 Comments »
Contributed by YC
Himalayan Swiftlet: 2. An ornithologist's perspective The sighting of the purported Himalayan Swiftlet (Aerodramus brevirostris) together with a clear image of the bird shot from below by KC Tsang as evidence, has been reported earlier (left top). I took the liberty of sending KC’s image to Dr David R Wells, author of “The Birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsular” and he kindly sent this reply: “Good to hear from you, and thanks for the photo. The experts may indeed be sitting on the fence, but I do have to say that... Read More

Little Heron, hooked

10 Feb 2008   in Heron-Egret-Bittern, Illegal-Irresponsible 1 Comment »
Contributed by Daniel Koh
Little Heron, hooked In early January, Daniel Koh came across a dead Little Heron (Butorides striatus) dangling at the end of a fishing line that got entangled on a branch of a casuarina (Casuarina equisetifolia) tree in Punggol Park. The dead Little Heron apparently swallowed a fish still attached to a hook at the end of a fishing line. An angler must have carelessly disposed his line with a bait fish still attached to the hook and the bird must have swallowed the fish and subsequently the... Read More

The Brown Boobook

09 Feb 2008   in Owls 3 Comments »
Contributed by KC Tsang
The Brown Boobook “The Brown Boobook aka Brown Hawk Owl, aka Oriental Boobook in Australia, the scientific name being Ninox scutulata, seems to have established itself very well around most parts of the old world from India, Sri Lanka, most of Indonesia and South China. With reference to Singapore, it is considered to be a common resident breeder, and also winter visitors (left). So what it means then is that our resident population could be rejuvenated by new blood coming in from... Read More

Bird watching in Bali 3. Bali Barat National Park and Nusa Dua pond

08 Feb 2008   in Travel-Personality No Comments »
Contributed by - see article -
Bird watching in Bali 3. Bali Barat National Park and Nusa Dua pond This is the last of three posts on Bird Watching in Bali by Connie SY Khoo and Lim Phaik Imm. The first was on the White Herons of Pertulu and the second on Ubud and Bedugal Botanic Gardens. They were in Bali from 8-14th November 2007. The postings of their various destinations are not in sequence. They were in Bali Barat National Park or Taman Nasional Bali Barat on 11th November 2007 . The park covers 777 km sq of the western tip of Bali. It comprises of montane to dry... Read More

Oriental Pied Hornbills partying at Pulau Ubin

07 Feb 2008   in Feeding strategy, Hornbills, Roosting 6 Comments »
Contributed by Angie Ng & R Subaraj
Oriental Pied Hornbills partying at Pulau Ubin Angie Ng was at the offshore island of Pulau Ubin on the evening (1815 hours) of 22nd January 2008 when she saw an unusual spectacle. “The Oriental Pied Hornbills (Anthracoceros albirostris) had gathered below the jetty beside the police post at 
Ubin last evening (left). 

Managed to capture (of the total 15) only 10 on the rocks and 3 on the 
 Sorry, pics of poor quality; am sending my other camera for repair!

 Cheers for a wonderful... Read More

Flamebacks duo

06 Feb 2008   in Morphology-Develop., Species 2 Comments »
Contributed by Daisy O’Neill
Flamebacks duo       Four species of ‘Flamebacks’ are identified in SEA field guides to birds but only two resident species, Greater Flameback (Chrysocolaptes lucidus) and Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense) are found quite frequently in Malaysia’s open deciduous woodlands, secondary forests and mangrove areas. Two pairs of male and female species are shown as follows (above and below: 1-4). From nowhere, these two species of cavity nesters never fail to send birders’ heads turn... Read More

Himalayan Griffon fly-past

05 Feb 2008   in Migration-Migrants, Raptors 4 Comments »
Contributed by James Heng, homepage: Birdwatching in Asia
Himalayan Griffon fly-past Three Himalayan Griffons (Gyps himalayensis) were sighted by Lee Tiah Khee flying over the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve on 23rd January 2008. Tiah Khee managed to capture two of the three in the above image. On the morning of 26th January, James Heng similarly made contact with these birds: “The bird flew overhead at 10.10am when I was at the northern part of the island that faces Johor. Where I was, there were also a pair of Black-winged Kites (Elanus caeruleus) and a... Read More

Three raptors in one morning

04 Feb 2008   in Feeding-vertebrates, Raptors No Comments »
Contributed by KC Tsang
Three raptors in one morning Experienced birder-cum-bird photographer KC Tsang was at a local park when he witnessed an eagle flying off with a helpless prey clutched in its talons. This in itself would be an exciting experience for any birder. But this was not all. He documented another raptor circling round and a third flying off, also with a prey tightly clutched in its talons. Three raptors in a single morning! What a morning! His account, illustrated with images, allows readers to vicariously... Read More

Extinct birds of Singapore: Trogons

03 Feb 2008   in Species No Comments »
Contributed by Morten Strange & YC
Extinct birds of Singapore: Trogons Trogons (Family Trogonidae) are a small group of rainforest birds. They are shy and difficult to see, unless you are familiar with their calls. They remain in the interior of the forest, sitting quietly on a horizontal branch, waiting patiently for prey. Once spotted, the bird seizes the prey in a matter of seconds to return to the perch to eat it quietly. Movements by these birds are thus minimal. The bird moves to the ground only to catch prey. On the ground, it has... Read More