• 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 Pied Hornbill’s reluctant courtship feeding

13 Mar 2015   in Courtship-Mating, Hornbills No Comments »
Contributed by YC Wee
On the evening of 4th February 2015 I sighted a pair of Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) perching on the television antenna of my neighbour’s house. The pair remained quietly for a few minutes before flying off to land on the crown of my Ceram Palm (Rhopaloblaste ceramica). The pair landed on the back of a frond axis. The male hornbill had a morsel clamped between the tips of his mandibles that could possibly be a lizard. He waved it in front of the... Read More

© Of Garnet Pitta And Playback Recordings: Part 2

12 Mar 2015   in Conservation No Comments »
Contributed by Daisy O’Neill & Mike Edgecombe
© Of Garnet Pitta And Playback Recordings: Part 2 Part 1 of this post can be found HERE “An initial, quick walk through grounds of Park headquarters, along some forest trails on first two consecutive days, provided some fairly good ideas where prospective birds may be had. “High on my list was the resident Garnet Pitta (Pitta granatina). “While texts would suggest March-August to be their prime breeding periods, where these ground dwellers tend to be more resoundingly vocal in attracting their partners, what about the... Read More

© Of Garnet Pitta And Playback Recordings – PART 1

11 Mar 2015   in Conservation No Comments »
Contributed by Daisy O'Neill & Mike Edgecombe
© Of Garnet Pitta And Playback Recordings - PART 1 “To encounter Pittidae species in visiting primary forests of Peninsular Malaysia has to be one of any bird-photographers’ highlights (above). “A revisit to Taman Negara late 2014, after an absence of five years, justified a comparison of differences in its faunal population and ecological habitats. It was no good news for ornithology and conservation. “Relau River that flows and dissects the Park has deteriorated in water quality, resulting in complaints of... Read More

Birding in Taiwan: 17. Light-vented Bulbul

10 Mar 2015   in Species No Comments »
Contributed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Birding in Taiwan: 17. Light-vented Bulbul “We saw a small flock of Light-vented (Chinese) Bulbuls (Pycnonotus sinensis) while in transit at a major city. They were foraging for caterpillars and insects in the cold morning on roadside trees in an urban environment. These were seen fairly south so unsure if they are Pycnonotus sinensis formosae. “An earlier post highlighted the Styan’s Bulbul (Pycnonotus taivanus), also known as Taiwan Bulbul LINK. The composite image below shows Styan’s Bulbul on the left... Read More

Pellets from Tuas: 4. Analysis of 14 pellets

09 Mar 2015   in Feeding chicks, Feeding-vertebrates, Pellets, Raptors 3 Comments »
Contributed by Melinda Chan, Chan Yoke Meng, YC Wee & Wang Luan Keng
Pellets from Tuas: 4. Analysis of 14 pellets Melinda Chan made extensive collections of pellets from a tree-lined avenue in Tuas in January 2015. All pellets were covered with short grey hairs, most probably those of mice. One of these was larger than the rest, from which a near-complete skeleton of a mouse was extracted LINK. This was the only pellet that had an intact skull, all others had bone fragments and numerous loose teeth but no skull. This large pellet was thought to have come from a Barn Owl (Tyto alba).... Read More

A flock of six Oriental Pied Hornbills

08 Mar 2015   in Hornbills No Comments »
Contributed by Sun Chong Hong
A flock of six Oriental Pied Hornbills “It was 5 minutes before the sunset time of 7.19 pm on 30th January 2015. A flock of five to six birds quietly emerged from the dark canopy of a fruiting Sea Apple (Syzygium grande) in my condominium. One by one they flew to a nearby Yellow Flame (Peltophorum pterocarpum) tree. “They exhibited an unfamiliar flying pattern – alternating between flapping the wings gracefully and gliding – which I have not seen before. “The birds were identified quickly as... Read More

Birding in Taiwan: 16. Styan’s (Taiwan) Bulbul

07 Mar 2015   in Species, Vocalisation No Comments »
Contributed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Birding in Taiwan: 16. Styan's (Taiwan) Bulbul “The Styan’s Bulbul (Pycnonotus taivanus), also known as Taiwan Bulbul, is a common endemic bulbul on the eastern and southern half of the island. There is some cross breeding (hybridisation) with the Light-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis formosae) or Chinese Bulbul that threatens it due to mass ceremonial release (Brazil 2009). “The Styan’s Bulbul has distinct orange-red spots at the base of the lower bill and a black cap and nape. Hybridised birds have... Read More

Hornbill study at Khao Yai National Park, Thailand (9-16 December 2014)

06 Mar 2015   in Conservation, Hornbills 8 Comments »
Contributed by Mark Wen Strange
Hornbill study at Khao Yai National Park, Thailand (9-16 December 2014) “I went to Khao Yai National Park (above) with Uncle Ghalib (Narong Jirawatkavi) (below: Mark left, Ghalib right) and stayed with Uncle Aod (Phitaya Chuailua). Day 1 – “When I arrived at Uncle Aod’s house in Patchong near Khao Yai National Park in the afternoon on 9th December, he showed me the house and introduced me to his mother (I called her Grandma), Aunty Nid (his wife) and Pheipeng (his daughter). After that, I was introduced to the dogs and they could... Read More

A Rare Male Asian Koel Call – With Sound Visualisation

05 Mar 2015   in Videography, Vocalisation 2 Comments »
Contributed by Sun Chong Hong
A Rare Male Asian Koel Call - With Sound Visualisation “There is a rarely heard male Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopacea) call that I am familiar with but has been elusive to document. It is elusive in the sense that the soft call is only heard when I am near to or under the tree where the bird is. “Unlike the more familiar melancholic “ko-el ko-el” call, which rises in pitch and finally ends in frantic desperation and then it starts all over again, this call is uttered once only. “I had previously recorded one... Read More

Birding in Taiwan: 15. Black Bulbul’s calls

04 Mar 2015   in Species, Vocalisation No Comments »
Contributed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Birding in Taiwan: 15. Black Bulbul's calls “The Black Bulbul (Hypsipetes leucocephalus nigerrimus) is a cheerful bulbul found in the plains and lower montane forest of Taiwan. The local endemic subspecies is all black, including the head and has a prominent pale blue-grey patch on the wings. “Although said to be ‘black’, in good light there is a metallic bluish sheen to the plumage. The bright orange beak and feet make for an interesting contrast. Has an erectile crown/crest that is often kept up.... Read More