• 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,...

CHANGEABLE LIZARD – MALE DISPLAYS

04 Oct 2014   in Fauna, Videography No Comments »
Contributed by Dr Leong Tzi Ming
CHANGEABLE LIZARD – MALE DISPLAYS “In mid-September 2014, I was visibly distracted by the advertisement displays of a few mature male Changeable Lizards (Calotes versicolor, Agamidae) at a public park. After spending sufficient time soaking up the morning sun, they would put on their brightest colours, lower their gular flaps and start bobbing their heads up and down. “Such displays may be performed at ground level (above)… “…on a branch (above)… “…on a... Read More

Asian Glossy Starlings: Pre-roost gatherings

03 Oct 2014   in Roosting, Videography No Comments »
Contributed by YC Wee
Asian Glossy Starlings: Pre-roost gatherings Every evening starting at around 1800h, the Asian Glossy Starlings (Aplonis panayensis), mostly juveniles, with some adults, will gather in my ceram palms (Rhopaloblaste ceramica) (above, below). Once on the fronds of the palm, they move about the fronds, sometimes pecking noisily at the edges of the leaflets, probably to feed on the insects. They do not stay long in the palm, flying off to be replaced by others flying in. Across the road, the two Mempat trees... Read More

Banded Woodpecker – male territorial conflict and calls

02 Oct 2014   in Miscellaneous, Videography, Vocalisation 1 Comment »
Contributed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Banded Woodpecker – male territorial conflict and calls “I was on the way out when I heard these unusual, mournful calls. Found these two male Banded Woodpecker (Picus miniaceus malaccense) involved in a territorial conflict (above). I did not see any female nearby. The image below is a composite of the same bird in call and at rest. “They were so intent on each other that I was ignored, even at 4-5 meters distance. Much of the time they stood their ‘ground’, with a face off. Intermittently they would burst out in a in... Read More

Red-breasted Parakeet and Crop milk

01 Oct 2014   in Feeding chicks, Parrots 4 Comments »
Contributed by Lee Chiu San
Red-breasted Parakeet and Crop milk “Among aviculturalists, there is a school of thought that parrots, pigeons and doves are related. Though parrots have hooked billed weapons of mass destruction and doves have soft beaks, all of them are generally vegetarian. A characteristic that they have in common that distinguishes them from most other bird families is that parrots, pigeons and doves have powder down feathers. Hold any one of them and you will find a coating of fine dust on your hands. “And,... Read More

Bats in my porch: 16. An uneventful evening

30 Sep 2014   in Fauna, Videography No Comments »
Contributed by YC Wee
Bats in my porch: 16. An uneventful evening On 21st August 2014 there were about 12 Common Fruit Bats (Cynopterus brachyotis) roosting in the porch between 2000-2130h. The dominant male was busy moving from one female to the other, courting them without success (above). He had his wings stretched out most of the time, often vigorously flapping them to get his scent across to the female. At times he was grooming his wings and body. The females responded with wing movements and grooming sessions as well but the two... Read More

White-headed Munia’s social behaviour

29 Sep 2014   in Morphology-Develop. No Comments »
Contributed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
White-headed Munia's social behaviour “Not sure why this adult White-headed Munia (Lonchura maja) was agitated and raised its hackles with alarm calls. It could been my presence but I suspect I missed some element of danger to the juveniles.” Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia 31st August 2014 Location: Tambun Interior, Perak, Malaysia Habitat: Orchards, fish farming, ex-mining pools, limestone... Read More

© Rare Visitation by Avian Escapee – Peach-Faced Lovebird

28 Sep 2014   in Exotics, Parrots No Comments »
Contributed by Daisy O’Neill
© Rare Visitation by Avian Escapee - Peach-Faced Lovebird “Unfamiliar, intermittent chirping calls of a bird alerted me to do an inspection of my driveway. The ‘cheep…cheep…cheep-’ calls sounded kind of a bird feeling lost and in search. “I scanned branches off my mango (Mangifera indica) tree to locate its source. At eye level and upon turning right, my eyes caught a small, green looking bird perched on my vehicle’s wind wiper (above). “It wasn’t a Malaysian resident or a migratory that I would recognise... Read More

Nature photography in Singapore – attitude and perspectives

27 Sep 2014   in Illegal-Irresponsible, Reports No Comments »
Contributed by David Tan
Nature photography in Singapore – attitude and perspectives This is a call on nature enthusiasts who regularly take photographs of birds to please join in the survey on attitude and perspectives of nature photography in Singapore. You can upload the survey form from HERE and complete it accordingly. No names are required and entries will remain confidential. David Tan, from the National University of Singapore’s Avian Genetics Lab is currently undertaking this survey of local photographers to determine their attitude towards... Read More

Call Playback, Mealworm Use, Flash Photography, Mist Netting & the Like: What Lengths to get The Shot?

26 Sep 2014   in Miscellaneous 11 Comments »
Contributed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Call Playback, Mealworm Use, Flash Photography, Mist Netting & the Like:  What Lengths to get The Shot? Introduction “The recent media coverage of bird photographers (reluctant to call them bird watchers) tying up a tern chick for better images has prompted me to open a discussion on all our activities relating to birds LINK. This kind of behaviour is not peculiar to any one community or country and bird photographers/watchers have attained an unpleasant paparazzi-like reputation LINK. Others may justify less ‘intrusive’ behaviour like feeding birds or call playback... Read More

Why do birds roost in some trees but not others?

25 Sep 2014   in Roosting No Comments »
Contributed by YC Wee
Why do birds roost in some trees but not others? In a study on pest birds by Sodhi & Sharp (2006), the authors listed a number of tree species favoured by some of the more common birds as roosting trees. By late evenings, you could hear the loud, shrill cries around these trees as the birds swarm around preparing to roost in the trees. The noise continues for some time until the birds settled for the night. Early next morning the cacaphony of calls would start again until they fly off to their feeding grounds. The... Read More