• 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,...

Taiwan: Bird Watching and Bird Watchers

11 Aug 2015   in Reports 6 Comments »
Contributed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Taiwan: Bird Watching and Bird Watchers Introduction “My wife and I had an opportunity to visit Taiwan in December 2014 and this is an overdue account of an unforgettable experience. I hope to share a little about this wonderful country and people. There are a number of better accounts and write-up on where to watch birds and trip/species lists. My aim is to share a little about the ‘culture’ of the people and their respect for nature and birds. “As an introduction can we make an observation that... Read More

MACAQUES FEEDING ON UNRIPE BANANAS

10 Aug 2015   in Fauna, Mammals, Videography 3 Comments »
Contributed by Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
MACAQUES FEEDING ON UNRIPE BANANAS “While exploring forest edge on the 23rd November 2014, I spotted a mature male Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis) perched comfortably atop a banana plant. To my surprise, it was expressing interest in the combs of green and clearly unripe fruit. With considerable effort, he wrenched and wrestled to break away the bananas and began peeling away the stubborn skin with his teeth (above). “The thick green skin was systematically removed to reveal the stiff, starchy... Read More

Olive-backed Sunbird and Hoya spp.

09 Aug 2015   in Feeding-plants 2 Comments »
Contributed by KF Yap
Olive-backed Sunbird and Hoya spp. Inspired by our post on plants and the birds they attract LINK, KF Yap wrote in to say that he had observed the Olive-backed Sunbird (Nectarinia jugularis) visiting three of his Hoya species: H. diversifolia (above-left), H. verticillata (above-right) and H. australis to sip on the flower nectar. Thanks to KF who is an avid collector of Hoya species, we now have a new plant genus to add to our list of plants and the birds they attract. Addendum: “Two interesting facts... Read More

Male Eastern Stonechat in breeding plumage

08 Aug 2015   in Morphology-Develop., Videography, Vocalisation No Comments »
Contributed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Male Eastern Stonechat in breeding plumage “The migratory Eastern Stonechats (Saxicola maurus) in the city are near full male breeding plumage (above). Spent some time with one of them today and sharing some observations: 1. Note the well developed orange-rufous breast (above). 2. The video above shows the classical behaviour of the bird perched on a short grass stem twig and the second half shows a feeding episode on the ground. The bird will often descend to the ground to feed. 3. Generally quiet but heard... Read More

Mangrove Whistler Spotted at Tampines Eco Green

07 Aug 2015   in Miscellaneous 2 Comments »
Contributed by Kwong Wai Chong
Mangrove Whistler Spotted at Tampines Eco Green “The Mangrove Whistler (Pachycephala cinerea) is a rare resident that has not been seen on mainland Singapore for a very long time. The only known location where this bird can be found regularly is the off shore island of Pulau Hantu. “Surprised to encounter this bird at Tampines Eco Green, which seemed to be the Mangrove Whistler. Sharing these images here for verification as well as to make known about its presence on mainland Singapore. Hopeful that I am... Read More

© Go Nectarivore With Wild Birds at Sepilok – N. Borneo

06 Aug 2015   in Feeding-plants No Comments »
Contributed by Daisy O’Neill
© Go Nectarivore With Wild Birds at Sepilok -  N. Borneo “Avenues that lead to the Orang Hutan Rehabilitation Centre and Rain Forest Discovery Centre (RDC) are lined with purple flowered Lagerstroemia trees and other ornamental plants and flowers. “Many trees are impregnated with epiphytic mistletoes and play hosts to numeral species of sunbirds and flowerpeckers for their nectar/berries. “A Bottlebrush tree (Callistemon lanceolatus) was in full bloom. It attracted three species of spiderhunters for their nectar. “A... Read More

Delightfully fooled by Common Tailorbirds: 1. Male, sham nesting

05 Aug 2015   in Nesting 1 Comment »
Contributed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS & Datin Dr Swee-Im Lim
Delightfully fooled by Common Tailorbirds: 1. Male, sham nesting “Our garden is rather ‘wild’ (overgrown) and often host a number of nesting birds. We spotted an adult male Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius maculicollis) building a nest outside our kitchen window (tinted glass). The bird was using a ficus bush that had been ‘planted’ by one of the garden birds. “There were however a number of atypical features: 1. It was only the male building the nest. Wells 2007 states ‘… only the female stitches and... Read More

Bougainvillea, food plant for the Lime Butterfly

04 Aug 2015   in Butterflies and Moths, Fauna No Comments »
Contributed by YC Wee
Bougainvillea, food plant for the Lime Butterfly It was a hot evening and the sun was shining over my pot of Bougainvillea plant. Suddenly I noticed a lone Lime Butterfly (Papilio demoleus malayanus) flitting from flower to flower. The butterfly was always on the move, never stopping for long on the flowers, making photography difficult. It was definitely sipping nectar from the flowers (above, below). This went on for about 5 minutes before it flew off. Singapore’s Garden City has long depended on Bougainvillea to... Read More

Nesting bulbul: 5. An empty nest

03 Aug 2015   in Fledgling-Fledging, Nesting No Comments »
Contributed by YC Wee
Nesting bulbul: 5. An empty nest The Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) chick in the nest just in front of my bedroom window LINK was 12 days old on 15th June 2015 and near fledging time. On that morning the two adults were making loud calls in the garden. So I casually recorded them on video from the garden feeding the lone chick in the nest. This was just to check out the best angle, now that the chick was about to fledge. Previously I was documenting the feeding from within my bedroom. As I was... Read More

Immature Verditer Flycatcher feeding on Common Mahang fruits

02 Aug 2015   in Feeding-plants No Comments »
Contributed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Immature Verditer Flycatcher feeding on Common Mahang fruits “I have been seeing a number of Verditer Flycatchers (Eumyias thalassinus) come to feed on the Common Mahang (Macaranga bancana) fruit over the past 2 weeks. “Usually adults but today an immature. They are hard to capture with fruit in the beak as they fly up suddenly, snatch a fruit, return to new perch and swallow it. Seen numerous episodes over past 2 weeks. Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia 21st July 2015 Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh,... Read More