The beautiful bottlebrush trees

posted in: Plants, Sunbirds | 6

Bottlebrushes (Callistemon spp.) are endemic to Australia where there are about 25 species. These shrubs to small trees are popularly grown as garden ornamentals for their attractive flowering bunches that look like bottle brushes. These ‘brushes’ are made up of … Continued

Mixed marriages in birds

posted in: Courtship-Mating | 3

Ilsa Sharp from Perth, Western Australia, wrote on 21st February 2006: “I would like to ask whether anybody has encountered any ‘inter-racial marriages’ between different species of birds in Singapore, articularly between newcomer aliens and indigenous residents – and if … Continued

Little Grebe: Going out with a fight

posted in: Species | 3

“On December 12th, 2005, as I was leading my American clients on a birding tour at Serangoon (Sewage Works), we stopped to observe an adult Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis). Suddenly, another adult swam into view with two juveniles in tow, … Continued

Hornbill Project Singapore

posted in: Hornbills | 7

The Hornbill Project Singapore is the brainchild of French naturalist, Marc Cremades of the Winged Migration fame. The ides came two years ago when he visited Pulau Ubin with long-time local birder, Prof Ng Soon Chye. Much is known about … Continued

Forensic birding 3: Pellets

posted in: Miscellaneous | 1

A few weeks ago I picked up a small, 14 x 14 mm piece of dry, compressed pellet on my driveway. On examining it under the hand lens, I found that it was composed of short pieces of fibres, a … Continued

The cat and the Cinnamon Bittern

posted in: Interspecific | 0

Seiko Okajima reported an early morning intruder to her house at Opera Estate in February 2006 thus: “My cat brought in this bird to my house early this morning around 1:00am of Feb 3, 2006. This young bird was not … Continued

Oriental Pied Hornbills in urban Singapore

posted in: Hornbills | 17

Once upon a time, there were three species of hornbills present in Singapore. However, due to rapid development and large-scale deforestation, all three species became extinct in the late 19th century. One species, the Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris convexus), … Continued

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