Barn Swallow flocking

posted in: Migration-Migrants, Swifts-Swallows | 0

“It has been a better migration year compared to last few years, with more Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica gutturalis) and more first winter/juveniles seen. This group comprised approximately 150-160 birds, with 10-15% first winter/juveniles. They were preening mid-morning after feeding. … Continued

A snake and a barbet in a hole…

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“I was at the Venus Drive one evening in November looking for nocturnal invertebrates. By a stream I saw a big-eye whip snake (Ahaetulla mycterizans) on a bush and took a few picture of the reptile (above left). I then … Continued

Songs and calls of the Tiger Shrike

posted in: Vocalisation | 3

Lena Chow was at Singapore’s Hindhede Park on the evening of 9th December 2009 when she heard a constant soft song from amongst the low branches. She looked about for a minute or so and saw a juvenile Tiger Shrike … Continued

Brown Hawk Owl finds a home

posted in: Owls | 2

Natural cavities in trees are the most frequently used nest sites by owls. They also depend on cavities excavated by woodpeckers. The Brown Hawk Owl (Ninox scutulata), a common resident in Singapore as well as an uncommon winter visitor and … Continued

Eurasian Tree Sparrow and cockscomb

posted in: Feeding-plants | 2

Amy Sobrielo read our earlier post on the disappearing Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) and wrote, “…you’d like to know that they came to my balcony regularly for about three weeks not because we are of the same race… but … Continued

Bird aggression…

posted in: Interspecific | 1

Tales of bird aggression by Yi Yang (7th July 2009): 1. Around the vicinity of my house there are two common kingfishers, the Collared (Todiramphus chloris) and the White-breasted (Amaurornis phoenicurus ). The Collareds (there are two) are highly territorial, … Continued

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