• 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,...

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

Food of the Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher

21 Dec 2007   in Feeding-invertebrates, Feeding-vertebrates, Kingfishers No Comments »
Contributed by Irfan Choo
Food of the Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher The nesting of at least two pairs of Oriental Dwarf Kingfishers (Ceyx erithacus) in June 2007 in Panti forest, Johor, Malaysia allowed many photographers to document the food habits of this bird, especially the food fed to the chicks. Irfan Choo is sharing with us his images of the variety of foods brought back for the chicks that include amphibians, reptiles, crustaceans and fishes. In Singapore, the food fed to the chicks of the Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)... Read More

Artificial nesting cavities for hornbills

20 Dec 2007   in Conservation, Hornbills, Nesting 5 Comments »
Contributed by YC
Artificial nesting cavities for hornbills Hornbills nest in cavities that develop naturally in old and dead trees. These birds are not capable of excavating them, maybe only in enlarging the entrance and the inside. However, such trees are never plentiful in a healthy forest. In urban areas dead trees are not tolerated as they pose a danger to life and limbs. Old trees with naturally developing large cavities are also deemed potentially dangerous. Due to this shortage in nesting cavities, there is always a fierce... Read More

An eagle called on the Director, SBG

19 Dec 2007   in Collision-Reflection, Raptors 4 Comments »
Contributed by Dr Chin See Chung & Morten Strange;
An eagle called on the Director, SBG On 13th December 2007 a large raptor, thought to be an eagle, paid a visit to the office of the Director, Singapore Botanic Gardens in Holttum Hall. Dr Chin See Chung was not in at that time and it was just as well as the bird came in by way of the window. It crashed on the window, breaking one of the glass panels (left). The glass pieces landed inside the room but the bird landed outside. Those who witnessed the crash reported that the bird was huge, some 60 cm long. It... Read More

Oriental Honey-buzzard eating paper wasp larvae

18 Dec 2007   in Feeding-invertebrates, Raptors 1 Comment »
Contributed by Johnny Wee
Oriental Honey-buzzard eating paper wasp larvae In November 2007, Johnny Wee encountered an Oriental Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhyncus) at the Japanese Garden in Jurong eating what looked like a piece of honeycomb (left). On closer examination of the images, the structure the buzzard is grasping looks like the small nest of the paper wasp (Polistes sp.) (below). This is a social wasp that builds a small, inconspicuous nest often attached by a tough stalk to twigs or the under-surfaces of a roof or overhanging... Read More

Thailand’s hornbills

16 Dec 2007   in Hornbills 2 Comments »
Contributed by Hornbill Research foundation, Thailand
Thailand's hornbills Worldwide, there are a total of 54 species of hornbills. Of these 13 have been recorded in Thailand (above). The panel below shows the Great (top left), Wreathed (top right) and White-crowned (bottom left), all vulnerable; while the Helmeted (bottom right) is endangered. The Rhinoceros (below left) and Wrinkled (below right) are both also endangered. [Correction: below right should be Wreathed, which is vulnerable. Thanks Ding Li for the correction.] The Bushy-crested... Read More

Chance encounter with Chestnut-winged Cuckoo

15 Dec 2007   in Brood parasitism, Migration-Migrants No Comments »
Contributed by Chan Yoke Meng
Chance encounter with Chestnut-winged Cuckoo The Chestnut-winged Cuckoo (Clamator coromandus) is one of the more beautiful among the many cuckoos. The adult is a sight to behold and will no doubt excite the most hardener birders. What more is its impact on birders new to the scene. The adult has a back of metallic glossy black, a white nape, chestnut wings, black tail, rufous throat, white belly and dark vent. Not forgetting the presence of the fabulous dark black crest. In April 2007 the cuckoo actually came... Read More