• 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,...

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

Black-naped Terns mobbing a Grey Heron

22 Apr 2008   in Heron-Egret-Bittern, Interspecific No Comments »
Contributed by Lee Tiah Khee & Roger Deng
Black-naped Terns mobbing a Grey Heron April 2008 is when the Black-naped Terns (Sterna sumatrana) on the rocky islets off northern Singapore are actively breeding. Many eggs have already been hatched and young chicks are everywhere (above). This is the time when the adult birds are most protective of their chicks. This is also the time when they are extremely aggressive with intruders. Lee Tiah Khee was at the scene when an adult Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) approached the colony. A large Grey Heron in the midst... Read More

A cemetery in Penang: A birdwatcher’s paradise

21 Apr 2008   in Habitat No Comments »
Contributed by Choo Teik Ju
Choo Teik Ju was in Penang, Malaysia towards the end of March 2008 and was impressed by the rich bird life in the Mt Erskin Chinese Cemetery (above). “The Mt Erskin Chinese Cemetery is near Tanjung Tokong, which is only 15 minutes drive from the city center of Georgetown. The cemetery has lots of bamboos and old trees and can be dated back to the Qing Dynasty Emperor 光緒 and the early days of Kuomintang (民國) era. “The maturity of the environment and lack of... Read More

Dr. Redzlan Abdul Rahman and his birding paradise

21 Apr 2008   in Travel-Personality No Comments »
Contributed by YC
Dr. Redzlan Abdul Rahman and his birding paradise Since late February 2008, Dr. Redzlan Abdul Rahman has been contributing a total of six exciting accounts on bird behaviour that you can access HERE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. More are on the pipeline as he keeps on documenting the birds that visit his backyard. Yes, his backyard. That’s him on the left with his two young sons and his photographic equipment. His able assistant is his elder son, Muhammad Firdaus, in a dark blue shirt. He started off in March 2007 with a... Read More