Courtship of the Common Iora

posted in: Courtship-Mating | 1

“A repertoire of songs was what attracted me to a pair of Common Ioras (Aegithina tiphia) recently. “The male, which was in breeding plumage (above left), was courting a female. He was leaning downwards towards the female and singing to … Continued

Mangrove Pitta breeding: 2. Predators

posted in: Nesting | 2

“The located nesting site of the breeding pair of Mangrove Pittas (Pitta Megarhyncha) was wedged in between the base of a palm tree species branch and elevated fallen decayed fronds. “Its low lying location gave easy access to predators – … Continued

Parrots, bagworm moth and cocoon

posted in: Feeding-invertebrates | 2

We made an earlier post showing Red-Breasted Parakeets (Psittacula alexandri) feasting on “cocoons” attached to a defoliated yellow flame tree (Peltophorum pterocarpum). The image of the “cocoon” was not detailed enough for proper identification. However, Godfrey commented that it looks … Continued

Brahminy Kite with worn out feathers

posted in: Feathers-maintenance | 7

“I was reading with interest Luan Keng’s earlier explanation of a Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) in fright moult. I was wondering if the same explanation could be made for the attached ‘raggedy’ brahminy spotted at Tanah Merah Coast Road in … Continued

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