• 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,...

© Go Bananas With Wild Birds at Sepilok – N. Borneo

20 Jul 2015   in Feeding-plants No Comments »
Contributed by Daisy O'Neill
© Go Bananas With Wild Birds at Sepilok - N. Borneo “A recent, late June- early July 2015 revisit to Sepilok in Sabah (N. Borneo), after an absence of five year rotation visit, saw many changes in development, depletion in bird population and the psyche of Sabahans. “Even Mother Nature, under constant duress from human follies, shook and quake-shuddered in disapproval. Her anger recently took off one of its iconic ‘donkey’s ears’ at Mt. Kinabalu and claimed many precious lives. Surely it is a sign from... Read More

Avian Non-verbal communication

19 Jul 2015   in Miscellaneous, Parrots 3 Comments »
Contributed by Jeremy Lee & Dr Eric Tan
Avian Non-verbal communication “I had a strange encounter at a shopping mall in Seoul this morning. “I was walking to the pets section of the supermarket not unlike our pet lovers chain here in Singapore. “I have a 4 month old cockatiel at home and we are all very close to it and I always have a look at birds section of all the pet shop I pass by. “This enclosure had a sliding front glass pane access. Inside was a pair of cockatiels and Pied Kakariki [also known as Red-fronted Parakeet or... Read More

Eurasian Tree-sparrow: A juicy bite, then a bath

18 Jul 2015   in Feathers-maintenance, Feeding-invertebrates No Comments »
Contributed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Eurasian Tree-sparrow: A juicy bite, then a bath “One of my favourite birds is the Eurasian Tree-sparrow (Passer montanus malaccensis). “Here seen having a juicy bite (above) and then a nice bath (below).” Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia 8th July 2015 Location: 1600m ASL, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia Habitat: Public road in the... Read More

EMPEROR OVIPOSITING

17 Jul 2015   in Dragonflies-Damselflies, Fauna, Videography No Comments »
Contributed by Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
EMPEROR OVIPOSITING You can view the Emperor mating HERE. “In November 2014, I was thrilled by the appearance of Emperor dragonflies (Anax guttatus, family Aeshnidae) as they performed their antics at a local pond. My heart raced with excitement whenever a female arrived onto the scene, as there would be opportunity to witness her ovipositing behaviour if she had already mated. “Using her blade-like ovipositor, the female may deposit her eggs into a variety of receptacles, including: …a... Read More

Nesting bulbul: 2. Adult feeding 2 days old chick

16 Jul 2015   in Feeding chicks, Videography No Comments »
Contributed by YC Wee
Nesting bulbul: 2. Adult feeding 2 days old chick The Yellow-vented Bulbul’s (Pycnonotus goiavier) nest in front of my bedroom window LINK was constructed such that the side facing the garden was well camouflaged (above). The side that faced the window was more open and this was where most of the time the birds flew into the nest (below). Whenever I was in the garden and an adult was nearby, it gave out a sort of warning(?) call while keeping a close watch on me (below). On the morning of 24th May 2015 the nest was... Read More

Dark-necked Tailorbird – calls

15 Jul 2015   in Vocalisation No Comments »
Contributed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Dark-necked Tailorbird - calls “I saw the Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius), the Dark-necked Tailorbird (Orthotomus atrogularis) (above and below: male in full breeding plumage) and the Ashy Tailorbird (Orthotomus ruficeps) in the same location today. Some conflict observations with both the Dark-necked and Ashy Tailorbirds chasing off the Common Tailorbirds, possibly territorial, due to breeding. “I heard the common duet calls HERE made by the male and female Dark-necked Tailorbirds. The male... Read More

Asian Koel and the papaya fruits

14 Jul 2015   in Feeding-plants, Hornbills No Comments »
Contributed by Luce Sam & YC Wee
Asian Koel and the papaya fruits Luce Sam’s dramatic image of the female Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopacea) flying in to feed on the Papaya (Carica papaya) fruit is an important record of yet another fruit plant of the bird (below). Note that the bunch of papayas on the plant shows fruits of different degrees of ripeness from green to overripe. And the koel zooms in on the ripest of the ripe. The female Koel is normally well camouflaged with its brownish plumage with whitish streaks, spots and bars... Read More

Nesting bulbul: 1. A nest outside my bedroom window

13 Jul 2015   in Interspecific, Nesting No Comments »
Contributed by YC Wee & Estela Acierto
Nesting bulbul: 1. A nest outside my bedroom window There is an active Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) nest less than a metre from my bedroom window (above, arrow). The pair of bulbuls had been busy bringing materials for some time and patiently weaving them into a cup-shaped nest. They must have been active for weeks but we were totally unaware of this until 22nd May 2015 when my helper Estela Acierto spotted the nest. As she was walking past the potted Surinam Cherry (Eugenia uniflora) bush, a bulbul flew off.... Read More

Two more species of birds attracted to Macaranga bancana fruits

12 Jul 2015   in Feeding-plants No Comments »
Contributed by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Two more species of birds attracted to Macaranga bancana fruits In the latest list of plants posted recently LINK, the Common Mahang (Macaranga bancana) is shown to attracts 31 species of birds. All but two were documented by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS, from his base in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia – see list below. It is interesting to note that few, if at all any local birdwatcher, pay attention to this fabulous bird-tree. One reason can be that, as far as I can ascertain, most Common Mahang are found within old secondary forests. And... Read More

Encounter with a one-eyed Buffy Fish-owl

11 Jul 2015   in Morphology-Develop., Owls, Videography No Comments »
Contributed by Alvin Seng, Jeremiah Loei & YC Wee
Encounter with a one-eyed Buffy Fish-owl Alvin Seng’s image of the one-eyed Buffy Fish-owl (Ketupa ketupu) was photographed at Sungei Tampines in Pasir Ris Park on 2nd July 2015. The above image shows the functioning right eye with a wide yellow iris rim and a small black pupil. These are absent in the damaged left eye. The iris regulates the size of the pupil and thus the amount of light entering the eye. During the day when it is bright, the pupil is thus small (above). At night when it is dark, the pupil is... Read More