• 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,...

Oriental Honey-buzzard: Sightings in March

04 Apr 2008   in Raptors No Comments »
Contributed by KC Tsang & Choo Teik Ju
Oriental Honey-buzzard: Sightings in March On 26th March 2008, KC Tsang reported an Oriental Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhyncus) peeping into his kitchen: “Looks like this OHB loves to hang around my kitchen
 window, and the estate where I am staying. The same 
kind of behavior was evident too the previous years. It 
will announce its presence by blasting pass my kitchen 
window as it did this early morning. “…the assam tree (Tamarindus indicus) is its favourite roosting place
 for the night. Managed... Read More

Malayan Whistling Thrush: 3. Feeding the chicks

03 Apr 2008   in Feeding chicks, Nesting 1 Comment »
Contributed by Allan Teo & YC
Malayan Whistling Thrush: 3. Feeding the chicks The pair of Malayan Whistling Trush (Myophonus robinsoni) that nests in a factory warehouse in Cameron Highlands, Peninsular Malaysia has been under 24 hour observation ever since Allan Teo set up an internet video camera using infrared lighting. As mentioned in an earlier post, the sexes can only distinguished by size, the female a little smaller. As such, it is not possible to establish the sexes from observations of the video. The first feeding takes place around dawn or... Read More

Pink-necked Green Pigeon: Nesting in an urban garden

02 Apr 2008   in Nesting, Pigeon-Dove No Comments »
Contributed by Joyce Kok
Pink-necked Green Pigeon: Nesting in an urban garden Joyce Kok and her husband had a pair of Pink-necked Green Pigeons (Treron griseicauda) nesting in their garden recently. The birds built a simple platform of twigs at the top of their potted Dracaena fragrans plant along their balcony (below left). As the nesting was so accessible, they kept watch on the progress, documenting the stages from eggs to chicks. It was through the efforts of Patricia Thong that we received the details of their observations and the images that are... Read More

Malayan Whistling Thrush: 2. Night at the nest

01 Apr 2008   in Nesting, Raptors No Comments »
Contributed by Allan Teo & YC
Malayan Whistling Thrush: 2. Night at the nest A pair of nesting Malayan Whistling Thrushes (Myophonus robinsoni) was located in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia on March 2008 (above). An internet video camera was installed on 24th March by Allan Teo to monitor activities on a 24-hour basis . Only infrared lighting was used at night and during low lighting conditions during the day. The following account is based on computer screen observations and the images other than the one above by Allan, are screen grabs. The video... Read More

Malayan Whistling Thrush: 1. Nesting observations

31 Mar 2008   in Nesting 1 Comment »
Contributed by Allan Teo
Malayan Whistling Thrush: 1. Nesting observations This series has been published as: Teo, Allan & Y. C. Wee, 2009. Observations at a nest of Malayan Whistling Thrush Myophonus robinsoni in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysa. BirdingASIA 11: 95-97. Allan Teo visited Cameron Highlands, Malaysia on March 2008 and sent in this report on the 24th: “Over the weekend I photographed this rare Malayan Whistling Thrush (Myophonus robinsoni) and its two chicks (above). It makes its nest at the same time very year. This species is... Read More

Black-naped Oriole: Courtship

30 Mar 2008   in Courtship-Mating 2 Comments »
Contributed by Dr. Redzlan Abdul Rahman
Black-naped Oriole: Courtship The Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis) is a common resident of Singapore and Peninsular Malaysia. However, come winter, the population is increased by the arrival of migratory birds from the north. During the breeding season, the shrill, flute-like whistles of these birds fill the air as the males defend their territories as well as attract females. There may be occasional aerial chases as the birds zig-zag round trees, sometimes ending in midair grappling. The arrival... Read More

Another Javan Myna chick picked up: 1. Care

29 Mar 2008   in Feeding chicks, Rescue 1 Comment »
Contributed by YC
The posting of the Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus) chick attracted the attention of Gloria Seow. She had just picked up a myna chick displaced from its nest and contacted me. I reluctantly accepted it after the tragic end to the earlier one. On the evening of 18th March 2007, the chick was delivered. This time around, I got a proper cage, after being made painfully aware of the dangers posed by neighbouring cats. This was a right decision as on the evening it was... Read More

Look, watch and listen to birds

28 Mar 2008   in Vocalisation 3 Comments »
Contributed by - see article -
Look, watch and listen to birds We have been looking at birds for more than two decades now. We have been paying attention to bird identification, fascinated by the plumage, as seen in the Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis) on the left. Currently there are many birdwatchers who are good at bird recognition. The Bird Group of the Nature Society (Singapore) has done an excellent job in this respect. This was done through courses, field trips, bird races, annual bird census, etc., all put in place in... Read More

Yellow-vented Bulbul: Feeding fledglings in the rain

27 Mar 2008   in Feeding chicks 1 Comment »
Contributed by YC
Yellow-vented Bulbul: Feeding fledglings in the rain March is a busy month for the Yellow-vented Bulbuls (Pycnonotus goiavier). This is a time when their chicks fledge and the garden is filled with the never-ending chick-chick-chick of the hungry fledglings. They are constantly begging for food. And they need to be fed, come sunshine or rain (above). The parent birds are always around their hungry chicks. When one flies off to forage, the other is always nearby. The fledglings have yet to be wary of humans and they remain on... Read More

Antics of an Indian fantail

26 Mar 2008   in Nesting No Comments »
Contributed by Harshit Singhal
Antics of an Indian fantail All the way from northern India, near to the foothills of the Himalayas, specifically Dehradun in Uttarakhand, comes a contribution from a young birder on the nesting of a fantail. “A fantail-flycatcher pair has made its nest in the bamboo plants just 
opposite my house. It started building its nest on 28th February 2008 but as the nest is quite high in the tree and 
it is in private land, thus not possible for me to monitor the nest.
 “On 12th March, the bird... Read More