• 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,...

© Insights To Blue-winged Pittas Part 4

28 Aug 2014   in Courtship-Mating, Feeding strategy No Comments »
Contributed by Daisy O'Neill
© Insights To Blue-winged Pittas Part 4 Feeding Behaviours: Breeding Pittas “My follow-up observations at Itam Dalam Forest Reserve (IDFR) concluded those regular sightings of Blue-winged Pitta (Pitta moluccensis) pair were no other than Pitta2 and Pitta3. “Sometimes the pair foraged together. At other times, they fed independently but within ear-shot of each other. Identification was made easier by a boar tick studded behind male Pitta2’s left eye. I name Pitta2 ‘Ticky’ (above left). Female... Read More

Stripe-throated Bulbul after a bath

27 Aug 2014   in Feathers-maintenance No Comments »
Contributed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Stripe-throated Bulbul after a bath In the late morning of 8th July 2014, Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS encountered a Striped-throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus finlaysoni finlaysoni) having a bath in Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands. The two images accompanying this post show the bulbul just after the bath. No doubt the bird will be busy drying itself and preening its feathers to maintain them in top conditions. The location was a public road through the primary forest at 1600m ASL.... Read More

Vinous-breasted Starling at Pasir Ris Park

26 Aug 2014   in Species 2 Comments »
Contributed by Kwong Wai Chong
Vinous-breasted Starling at Pasir Ris Park “The Vinous-breasted Starling (Acridotheres burmannicus) was not recorded in the Singapore checklist but had been spotted sporadically. First time I spotted the Vinous-breasted Starling was at Pasir Ris Park on 21 June 2014. It was rather skittish and flew away from view after I had my record shots (above, below). “Almost 2 months later, from 10 August, the Vinous-breasted Starling was spotted at a different parts of the park. Not sure whether this could be the... Read More

Bats roosting in my porch: 9. Mating

25 Aug 2014   in Fauna, Videography No Comments »
Contributed by YC Wee & Dr Leong Tzi Ming
Bats roosting in my porch: 9. Mating It was on the evening of 2nd August 2014 that the mating of the Common Fruit Bat (Cynopterus brachyotis) was documented. At around1800 hours there was a lone bat roosting in the porch (above). This was unusually early as they normally start to arrive half to an hour later. By 2040 hours there was a small colony of 13 bats. Most of the bats were either actively grooming themselves or simply hanging quietly. Usually there would be one bat with its wings extended nearly all... Read More

Ruby-cheeked Sunbird – nest building

24 Aug 2014   in Nests No Comments »
Contributed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ruby-cheeked Sunbird – nest building “I have seen quite a number of the nests of the Ruby-cheeked Sunbird (Anthreptes singalensis interposita). The majority at this location are situation adjacent to a river. “This nest was located 2.5 meters up in the outer foliage of a tree (above left, showing an overview of the nest). The planned opening is situated posterior (above right: a rear view of the nest). Nets material included spider web, dead, dried leaves, tree bark, fibrous material (roots or dried... Read More

Carnaby’s Cockatoos in a Perth backyard

23 Aug 2014   in Parrots No Comments »
Contributed by Ilsa Sharp & Dr Eric Tan
Carnaby's Cockatoos in a Perth backyard “A wonderful surprise, right outside my living room window at 9.30am today! Three of the large and noisy, rare and endangered Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus latirostris), with their distinctive white cheek patches and white-flashed tails, getting stuck into the brilliant orange candle-like (lingam-like, you could say!) flowers of my native Banksia shrub (Banksia ashbyii). “I have never seen them so close to the house although they are often around the... Read More

Bats in my porch: 8. Female with young

22 Aug 2014   in Fauna No Comments »
Contributed by YC Wee & Dr Leong Tzi Ming
Bats in my porch: 8. Female with young By late July 2014 a lone adult female Common Fruit Bat (Cynopterus brachyotis) with a baby clinging to her arrived one morning to roost in the porch (above). The female is recognised by her yellow-orange collar, as compared to the dark orange-red male collar LINK. Juveniles lack such a collar. The baby was actively suckling and excess milk leaked onto the floor, leaving whitish stains (below). Note the engorged nipples of the adult female. The pair was stubborn, not... Read More

Purple Swamphen preening

21 Aug 2014   in Feathers-maintenance 1 Comment »
Contributed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Purple Swamphen preening “After a bath, the Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio viridis) walked up a dead branch for an extended preening session. “The waterhen likes to spread wings and shake them from side to side to dry out. “This offered an opportunity to image the crown. Did not appreciate the central crown deep purple band previously. “A short video can be viewed above. “Also recorded it feeding on a mollusc. Classical use of the foot to assit in anchorign prey and getting... Read More

Greater Banded Hornet nest

20 Aug 2014   in Fauna, Videography No Comments »
Contributed by Lena Chow
Greater Banded Hornet nest “Unlike the more common Lesser Banded Hornet which builds a beautifully patterned nest LINK, the Greater Banded Hornet builds nests underground or in concealed cavities. “I came across this nest in a wall cavity, with hornets continuously emerging from and returning to the nest. While taking the video, I noticed one of them positioned at the nest entrance, rapidly fanning its wings to cool the nest, while another one stood protectively on guard – as shown in the... Read More

Bats roosting in my porch: 7. Arrival of the Common Fruit Bats

19 Aug 2014   in Fauna, Roosting, Videography 4 Comments »
Contributed by YC Wee
Bats roosting in my porch: 7. Arrival of the Common Fruit Bats A few years ago a family of Common Fruit Bats (Cynopterus brachyotis) consisting of an alpha male and his harem of females roosted in my porch LINK. But then the mess they left on the floor below left me with no choice but to discourage their presence. The colony has now gone and in its place are groups that arrive at two different times, to rest for a few hours after a heavy meal. I have managed to partially discourage them, especially the early morning group LINK but not... Read More