• 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,...

Little Heron chick: 12. Release

04 Jan 2008   in Heron-Egret-Bittern, Rescue 1 Comment »
Contributed by Wang Luan Keng & YC
Little Heron chick: 12. Release The Little Heron (Butorides striatus) chick has been under my care for a month now (3rd December 2007). The bird has shed all its natal down and is now covered with juvenal plumage. All the flight feathers have fully emerged from their sheaths and the bird has been regularly exercising its wings, flapping them within the confines of the small cage. It is also regularly preening its feathers. The bird is now responsive to the sounds of other birds around the neighbourhood,... Read More

Chestnut-bellied Malkohas: A cuckoo that builds its own nest

02 Jan 2008   in Brood parasitism, Nesting 2 Comments »
Contributed by Morten Strange
Chestnut-bellied Malkohas: A cuckoo that builds its own nest . The Chestnut-bellied Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus sumatranus) builds its nest in trees. Made of twigs lodged between the forks of branches, the nest is neatly lined with green leaves (left). In it the female lays two white, glossless eggs. This malkoha is a cuckoo, but unlike most cuckoos from this region, it actually builds its own nest and takes care of its young. Cuckoos (Family Cuculidae) are notorious for taking advantage of other bird species to look after their young –... Read More

Arrival of the Jambu Fruit Dove

01 Jan 2008   in Feeding-plants, Migration-Migrants, Pigeon-Dove 4 Comments »
Contributed by - see article -
Arrival of the Jambu Fruit Dove Jambu Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus jambu) is an uncommon non-breeding visitor. Apparently it visits any time of the year. Thus when a pair was sighted on 19th December 2007, news spread wide and fast. Photographers and birders flocked to the Japanese Garden in Jurong, the former to record the event and the latter to gawk at the birds. The strikingly handsome male with a crimson face and a pink patch on the upper breast is shown above. The less striking but just as attractive... Read More

Yong Ding Li, a birder to watch

31 Dec 2007   in Travel-Personality 6 Comments »
Contributed by YC
Yong Ding Li, a birder to watch Yong Ding Li has been looking at birds since he was 12 years old. Now that he is reading life sciences at the National University of Singapore, his knowledge of birds is definitely beyond the plumage. Yes, he started off as a typical twitcher, listing the species he saw and compiling list after list of the different locations he visited – in Singapore as well as in Southeast Asia. To date, he has ticked off 1,217 species, but his recent trip to Sri Lanka has boosted... Read More

Red Junglefowl at Chek Jawa

30 Dec 2007   in Species No Comments »
Contributed by Margie Hall
The Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus) has been breeding in Pulau Ubin since the later part of 1980s, although it was first sighted in the early 1970s. Since then the bird has been found in a number of locations on the main island, presumed to be escapees, released birds or even arriving naturally from nearby Johor, Malaysia. But Pulau Ubin is still the best place to view the Red Junglefowl, as Margie Hall’s 11th December 2007 account below testifies: “Had a lovely view... Read More

The bodh-tree at the Chinese Garden

28 Dec 2007   in Plants 3 Comments »
Contributed by KC Tsang
The bodh-tree at the Chinese Garden There is a bodh-tree (Ficus religiosa) at the entrance of the Chinese Garden in Jurong and it is figging. And a figging tree invariably attracts flocks of birds – not just birds of a feather but of different feathers. In other words, there would always be a mix of species that come for the feast. The noise these birds generate is enough to attract hordes of birders and photographers. And it was so with this particular fig tree on the day after Christmas this year. KC... Read More

Hornbill image at Ubin

27 Dec 2007   in Hornbills No Comments »
Contributed by Ali Ibrahim, Angie Ng & Allan Teo
Hornbill image at Ubin The offshore island of Pulau Ubin is a haven for a small flock of Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) that is a major attraction for Singaporeans as well as tourists. These large white-and-black birds with a prominent casque never fail to excite visitors. In fact, many locals are still unaware of the existence of these birds, although a few do occur on the main island (1, 2, 3). There is a large billboard in Ubin that shows a map of the island with a... Read More

Chinese Sparrowhawk

26 Dec 2007   in Raptors 2 Comments »
Contributed by KC Tsang & Johnny Wee
KC Tsang and Johnny Wee were at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on the morning of 15th November 2007 when they were rewarded with the sighting of an uncommon raptor at 1130 hours. “Had a long walk with Johnny Wee this morning, and found this fellow perching up a bare branch … Would greatly appreciate if some one can confirm the ID of this bird. The closes I can get is Chinese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter soloensis), but the eye and bill colour is wrong…” The... Read More

Little Heron chick: 11. Intelligence

24 Dec 2007   in Feeding chicks, Heron-Egret-Bittern, Rescue 2 Comments »
Contributed by YC
Little Heron chick: 11. Intelligence When I fed the Little Heron ( Butorides striatus ) chick fish in a glass bottle, it tried desperately to peck at the fish from the outside. Obviously it could not know that it was looking at the fish from outside the glass. It kept on pecking at the glass side and getting frustrated with each try. I managed to urge it to the perch whereby it could look down into the fish inside the bottle. It then picked at the fish one by one from above. However, as soon as a fish was... Read More

The rogue magpie and I

23 Dec 2007   in Feeding strategy 1 Comment »
Contributed by Daisy O'Neill
The rogue magpie and I “Murder! Murder!” shouted Shazam, the black caterpillar, as she found herself waffled by a red, giant pair of beaks. She was carried along in a wild goose chase – by whom? She knew not. I finally caught up with Cicero, the Short-tailed Green Magpie (Cissa thalassina). He was restless and prancing from fern fronds to branches of trees, trying to conceal his big catch and throwing cautious, side glances through his masquerading black, eye band onto a bird wave of... Read More