Caterpillars and birds

posted in: Feeding-invertebrates, Hornbills | 3

Caterpillars are regularly eaten by birds. However, most birds avoid the noxious ones, especially those that are brightly coloured and hairy. Cuckoos (Cuculidae) specialise on caterpillars as these are their favourite food and they have no hesitation eating even the … Continued

Forensic Birding 1. Introduction

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We were introduced to forensic birding by Lin Yangchen when he wrote on 30th December 2005: “Birds are usually identified by sight or sound. It may also be possible to identify them from the tracks, feathers and droppings they leave … Continued

Angie’s nesting crows 5: Final chapter

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After only three days trying to incubate their eggs, the House Crows (Corvus splendens) gave up on the morning of 28th December 2005 Thereafter, it was open house for the Asian Koels (Eudynamys scolopacea)! They were increasingly daring, stealing into … Continued

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

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