Cats in Australia

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Cats are an absolute no-no in Australia, where essentially they are non-native and imported by thoughtless white settlers in the 18th and 19th centuries, who even more thoughtlessly let them go ‘feral’ in the wild (believe me, these seeming pussy-cats … Continued

Bald headed mynas

posted in: Morphology-Develop. | 6

I am only a sometime-ornithologist and one that looks mainly at dead birds. I don’t know the real reason why mynas appear bald-headed at times. Our local myna expert, Dr Kang Nee, noted this phenomenon of botak (Malay for bald-headed) … Continued

Mistletoes 3: A naturalist’s account

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I have been tending mistletoes growing on my sui mei (Wrightia religiosa) and chillie (Capsicum annuum) plants for a couple of years now and seen the different stages of its growth and death! There were three species of mistletoes growing … Continued

What happened when a nestling fell out of its nest?

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Margaret Heng, a member of the Singapore Gardening Society, read my article on the Pink-necked Green Pigeons (Treron vernans) in the society’s newsletter the Grapevine (see also) and sent me the following e-mail on her encounter with a displaced Spotted … Continued

Cat kill – kingfisher

posted in: Interspecific, Kingfishers | 9

Cats are notorious for their ability to catch and dismantle birds. Many of us would have seen dead birds with their feathers torn and their bodies ripped apart. But how many of us have actually witnessed a cat kill? On … Continued

Mistletoes 2: Seeds and germination

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Mistletoes are commonly seen growing on our wayside trees. Their fruits are small, oval, one-seeded and berry-like. The seeds are enclosed by a viscid layer of mucilage that pass out intact after being swallowed by sunbirds and flowerpeckers. Usually these … Continued

House Crows’ nests

posted in: Crows, Nests | 7

There have been a number of postings on nesting crows recently – by Angie, Tang and Eu Heng. And we have published images of their large nests. Below is a detailed account of the nests and readers can always give … Continued

Mistletoes 1: The plants

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Mistletoes are parasitic or semi-parasitic plants that grow on the branches of trees. They are unlike the bird’s-nest (Asplenium nidus) and staghorn (Platycerium coronarium) ferns that depend on the trees mainly for support. These epiphytes do not demand anything else … Continued

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