• 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,...

Mobbing of Spotted Wood Owl at Toa Payoh

27 Jan 2008   in Owls 2 Comments »
Contributed by Gloria Seow
Mobbing of Spotted Wood Owl at Toa Payoh The loud cawing of crows outside her apartment window alerted Gloria Seow to an exciting spectacle of an owl being mobbed… “Unbelievably, a Spotted Wood Owl (Strix seloputo) appeared at 2pm on 19th January 2008 in the most unlikely of places – on a tree just outside my 12th floor flat in Toa Payoh, a housing estate in Singapore with towering flats up to 40 stories high. However, my house happens to be located just beside a grove of shady mature trees providing... Read More

Common Tailorbird: Another failed nesting

26 Jan 2008   in Nesting-failed 3 Comments »
Contributed by Tan Teo Seng
Common Tailorbird: Another failed nesting On the morning of 7th November 2007, Tan Teo Seng brought me a cutting of a creeper with a Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius) nest still attached to it. Inside were three damaged eggs. The nest was attached to a number of aerial roots of the creeper and a single leaf of the climber, an araceous plant. A single dried avocado (Persea americana) leaf was sewn to the leaf of the climber to complete the shell within which the nest was lodged (above left). Copious cobwebs... Read More

Orange-headed Thrush: Observations on a rare winter visitor

25 Jan 2008   in Migration-Migrants 2 Comments »
Contributed by Tan Gim Cheong
Orange-headed Thrush: Observations on a rare winter visitor On the cloudy morning (1000-1100 hours) of 15th January 2008, Tan Gim Cheong was at Hindhede Quarry, Bukt Timah Nature Reserve when he encountered an Orange-headed Thrush (Zoothera citrina)… “Arrived at Hindhede to the sound of a large group of people having team building activities. “Looked around and located the beautiful Orange-headed Thrush (which betrayed its presence with its singing) on the ground. Moving about on the ground, it sang for about 10 minutes,... Read More

Food of the Asian Koel: Pipturus argenteus

24 Jan 2008   in Feeding-plants, Plants No Comments »
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Atlas moth caterpillars: Food for birds?

23 Jan 2008   in Feeding-invertebrates 1 Comment »
Contributed by Jeremy Lee & KF Yap
Atlas moth caterpillars: Food for birds? . . . . . . . . . . December 2007 was a time when masses of Atlas moth (Attacus atlas) larvae were seen munching through the crowns of the roadside tree, Senegal mahogany (Khaya senghalensis). Jeremy Lee reported hearing a low crunching sound as they work their way through the foliage, to totally defoliate a few trees along Loyang Way (above). There were hundreds of them and many ended on the ground below, to slowly die from lack of food. . . . . . . . . . . Those that... Read More

Baya Weaver: Nest building, hornets and poaching

22 Jan 2008   in Illegal-Irresponsible, Nesting 2 Comments »
Contributed by Johnny Wee, Melinda Chan & "Gillie"
Baya Weaver: Nest building, hornets and poaching March 2007 was a busy period for the male Baya Weavers (Ploceus philippinus). This was the beginning of the breeding season and they were all busy building their nests. Nests are normally in colonies, attached to the twigs of trees that grow in overgrown undergrowth. The birds had been building for the last week or so and the nests were at the helmet stage (above: bottom images). They flew in and out, bringing strands of grass and tirelessly weaved them into the incomplete... Read More

Birding in Bali: 1. White herons of Petulu

21 Jan 2008   in Heron-Egret-Bittern, Travel-Personality 2 Comments »
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Birding in Bali: 1. White herons of Petulu Connie Khoo SY and Lim Phaik Imm were in Bali in November 2007. While there, they made a side visit to Petulu, a small village well known for the thousands of herons arriving each evening to roost. During the day there were already more than 10,000 birds around and almost everywhere were loose feathers and faecal matters. The smell must be distinctive. By evening the birds would arrive by the hundreds, then by the thousands. And before long all the trees in the village would... Read More

Nesting Failure of the Red-wattled Lapwing

20 Jan 2008   in Nesting-failed 1 Comment »
Contributed by KC Tsang & Wang Luan Keng
Nesting Failure of the Red-wattled Lapwing On 21st December 2007 KC Tsang was birding with Wang Luan Keng at Tuas. This is KC’s report: “…as I have not gone to that place for quite some time. The place was quite wet, or flooded up to about knee deep in some places, and it was after some heavy rain during the night (above). Knee high gumboots, or wellington boots are required for the exploration of such a terrain. “Snipes, Savanna Nightjar (Caprimulgus affinis) and Red-wattled Lapwings (Vanellus indicus)... Read More

Barred Eagle Owl sighted last night

19 Jan 2008   in Migration-Migrants, Owls 1 Comment »
Contributed by Yong Ding Li
Barred Eagle Owl sighted last night Yong Ding Li, Singapore’s up-and-coming birder, encountered a Barred Eagle Owl (Bubo sumatranus) last night (18th January 2008) and sent in this report: “Singapore’s mysterious Barred Eagle Owl which has been recorded by a handful of birders in the past two decades decides to show up last night at the Central Catchment Forest. “As we were walking into the forest, the first major piece of clue was the resonant double note ‘hu‘ of slightly different... Read More

Injured Purple Heron: Update

19 Jan 2008   in Heron-Egret-Bittern 2 Comments »
Contributed by KC Tsang, Meibao & James Gan
Injured Purple Heron: Update Dr Chua Ee Kiam alerted birders to an injured Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) found in the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in mid-October 2007. The lower jaw was torn and a piece of flesh was dangling from it. On 23rd November 2007, KC Tsang encountered the injured heron and reported that the “plumage has turned out to be well developed and beautiful. However, he tends to be smaller in size compared to others and he tends to hide under plant cover in fear compared to his... Read More