• 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,...

Yellow-vented Bulbul and Singapore Rhododendron fruit

05 Apr 2015   in Feeding-plants, Videography 2 Comments »
Contributed by YC Wee
Yellow-vented Bulbul and Singapore Rhododendron fruit I was waiting for the attractive Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum) to video-record it taking the fruits of Singapore Rhododendron (Melastoma malabathricum). Instead the Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) flew in and ate up all the fruits (above). We have a number of posts on the colourful Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker LINK but only a brief mention of the Yellow-vented Bulbul eating the fruits LINK. This bulbul is a common bird of urban areas. As such... Read More

COMMON CHASER OVIPOSITING

04 Apr 2015   in Dragonflies-Damselflies, Fauna, Videography No Comments »
Contributed by Dr Leong Tzi Ming
COMMON CHASER OVIPOSITING “The male Common Chaser (Potamarcha congener, family Libellulidae) is a handsome local dragonfly. Its thorax and anterior abdominal segments are denim blue while the rest of the abdomen is black with yellowish streaks (above, below). While perched, it is constantly on the lookout for other males and will not hesitate to chase them away from his territory. “A video clip of the male at perch may be viewed here: “Competition for females can be stiff, and... Read More

Large Niltava – pellet or food regurgitation?

03 Apr 2015   in Feeding-plants, Pellets No Comments »
Contributed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Large Niltava – pellet or food regurgitation? “We had an opportunity to watch a pair of nesting Large Niltavas (Niltava grandis decipiens). We saw an odd behaviour by the adult male and would appreciate any opinions. “The pair was cautious of our presence so we kept our distance. On one occasion the male came to ‘check us out’ (above). While we were watching it suddenly had an odd jerking movement and regurgitated a large blue object (Composite of 6 serial images below). “There are two possibilities to... Read More

Follow BESG on Facebook…

02 Apr 2015   in Miscellaneous No Comments »
Contributed by YC Wee & Amelia Yeo
Follow BESG on Facebook… All along we have been using YahooGroups (BESGroup, pigeon-holes and nature-singapore) to communicate with members – mainly to inform them of our postings. Now, thanks to Amelia Yeo, we have a Facebook page – LINK. Anyone who has been following our daily postings would have known that we give priority to issues of bird ecology, especially bird behavior and the inter-dependency of birds, plants and other faunal groups like mammals, amphibians, reptiles, insects,... Read More

Dance of the Painted Jezebel

01 Apr 2015   in Butterflies and Moths, Videography No Comments »
Contributed by Sun Chong Hong
Dance of the Painted Jezebel “Triggered by the recent prolonged dry spell, one of the Yellow Saraca (Saraca thaipingensis) in my condo has bloomed profusely (above). “This in turn attracted a steady stream of Painted Jezebel (Delias hyparete metarete) to the tree. “Coincidentally, the commentary about the National Butterfly Campaign LINK inspired me to make a music video featuring Painted Jezebel butterflies dancing around clusters of flowers of the Yellow Saraca tree and taking the nectar of its... Read More

Chestnut-backed Scimitar-babbler: Opinion solicited on this behaviour

31 Mar 2015   in Miscellaneous 2 Comments »
Contributed by Simon van der Meulen & Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Chestnut-backed Scimitar-babbler: Opinion solicited on this behaviour On 30th March 2015, Simon van der Meulen wrote to Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS” about an unusual behavior of a Chestnut-backed Scimitar-babbler (Pomatorhinus montanus) that he documented in Thailand: “I recently visited the Hala Bala WLS in South Thailand; I was actually a few hundred meters from the Malaysian border. There we encountered a Chestnut-backed Scimitar-babbler and I’m somewhat struggling to understand its initial display as shown in enclosed picture. As it... Read More

Crimson Sunbird feeding on nectar of Raffles Dischidia flowers

30 Mar 2015   in Feeding-plants No Comments »
Contributed by Ria Tan
Crimson Sunbird feeding on nectar of Raffles Dischidia flowers “During a guided walk on the Chek Jawa boardwalk on 14th March 2014, Ria Tan of Wild Singapore noticed a Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja) hopping up and down the length of an ant-house plant, Raffled Dischidia (Dischidia major) growing on a coconut tree. “It appeared to feed when it stopped. From the photos, it appears to be feeding on the flowers of the... Read More

Pellets from Tuas: 7. Black-shouldered Kite hunting mice

29 Mar 2015   in Feeding-vertebrates, Raptors No Comments »
Contributed by Chan Yoke Meng, Melinda Chan & Dr Leong Tzi Ming
Pellets from Tuas: 7. Black-shouldered Kite hunting mice Mice appear to be the major diet of the pair of Black-shouldered Kites (Elanus caeruleus) nesting in Tuas. The adult kites were regularly seen hunting mice from their favourite perch. From a high point a kite would patiently wait until a prey was spotted. It then dived down to disappear into the undergrowth for a short time. It would then appear, flying back to its original perch or to the nest. This was done in the early morning or at dusk. As with raptors, the prey was... Read More

Asian Glossy Starlings eating Alexandra Palm fruits

28 Mar 2015   in Feeding-plants, Videography No Comments »
Contributed by YC Wee
Asian Glossy Starlings eating Alexandra Palm fruits It was around 1900 hours when the mostly juvenile Asian Glossy Starlings (Aplonis panayensis) were gathering around my Ceram Palms (Rhopaloblaste ceramica) before they fly off to roost in some large roadside trees nearby. The noise from their combined calls was loud and this would go on from about 20 minutes or so. At the same time the starlings were also gathering in the shorter trees along the road. At this time one of my Alexandra palms (Archontophoenix alexandrae) was... Read More

Orange-bellied Leafbird – nectar feeding

27 Mar 2015   in Feeding-plants 2 Comments »
Contributed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Orange-bellied Leafbird – nectar feeding “There has been some uncertainty as to the role of nectar in the diet of leafbirds. 1. “Wikipedia LINK quoting Wells, David (2005), ‘Family Chloropseidae (Leafbirds)’, in del Hoyo, Josep; Elliott, Andrew; Christie, David, Handbook of the Birds of the World states: ‘The extent to which the leafbirds consume nectar is a matter of some debate, records are more common in Southern Asia compared to South East Asia.’ 2. “Most descriptions of leafbirds mention... Read More