Baya Weaver – food source

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Saw a number of Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus infortunatus) feeding on the sessile spikelets of the Chrysopogon aciculatus, locally called Love Grass because it sticks to our socks and pants. The bird climb up the stalks and their weight will often bow-over the stalk.

They will pick off the sessile spikelets. A short video taken from the car here: https://youtu.be/FvqiChFnM3g

I have previously reported this and also seen Chestnut Munias (Lonchura atricapilla) feed on the same plant.

https://www.besgroup.org/2013/04/06/baya-weaver-feeding-on-chrysopogon-aciculatus-seeds/

Although many of us consider this grass a pest/nuisance birds use it for feeding and nesting material (Tailorbirds, Pipits). Some humans use the straw for weaving mats, hats, brushes, etc.

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

 

Location: Malim Nawar Wetlands, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Extensive ex-tin mining area with pond/lakes, wetlands, fish farming

Date: 2nd January 2019

Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, handheld

 

 

Baya Weaver female involvement in nest building 

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I recently (13th January 2019) posted a short discussion on whether Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus infortunatus) females are involved in nest building. I summarised by saying that “some female Baya Weaver do assist in nest building but the contribution is minimal and this behaviour may not apply to all females”. More details reproduced below at the end.

I have since been able to observe more breeding and courtship activities and offer a video as some evidence of female involvement (imaged from a distance, across a pond to limit any disturbance).

Females will inspect nests built by males at the helmet stage. This scrutiny has some nest building ‘activities’ or more accurately some nest-construction-site-inspection-and-testing. In the video (available here: https://youtu.be/ySInc0Wip38) you will see one example of a courting male and female before acceptance by the female. The male advertises to the female by flapping extended wings, raising crown feathers and loud vocal displays. The female enters the nest to have a ‘hard look’. She is merciless in her inspect. She hammers the nest with her beak like using a ‘sledge hammer’ (see it vibrate with her activity) to check its durability for her young. She rips away at loose pieces to check they have been properly woven. All this while the male is anxiously watching this severe ‘art critic’, at times trying to distract her with courtship flights. This went on for more than 20 minutes, intermittently. I am happy to inform you that this male and his nest were accepted.

Previous Notes/Remarks

In having observed numerous Baya Weaver males build their remarkable nests. I ask myself “do females assist in nest building?”

Males usually build nests until the helmet stage. At this time they advertise to females by flapping extended wings, raising crown feathers while hanging on their nest (Wells 2007). I also notice they are very vocal while advertising and all the males building nests nearby will join in a vocal frenzy.

  1. The seminal work by Crook (1963) suggests that in most weaver species only the male takes part in nest building, and females choose their mate based on nest construction. This agrees with the general opinion in most sources/literature that only males build nests. Some emphatically say that ‘females play no part in nest building’ (Ali 1931, Quader 2006 – Quader has done extensive observation on these weavers).
  2. Wells (2007) states for my region that “Madoc got the impression that females assisted at the post-helmet stage of construction but was unable to confirm his observation”. Well suggested that the observation was related to “females entering part-constructed nests to lay rather than build”.
  3. Oschadleus and HBW (2020) suggest that females have some involvement in nest building. HBW notes that “female sometimes participating by bringing lining material of fibres and a few feathers”.

In more than 40 years of bird watching I have only seen female participating in nest building twice. Once was on 5th July 2008 where I observed a nest in late stage construction (entrance tube built). The male was still adding to the outsides of the structure and a female assisting by bringing a feather to line the inside of the nest. I had submitted that to OBI at the time but I am posting it here again for completeness (Post 1).

The second observation of a female participating in nest building was on this occasion (13th January 2019). I saw a nest partially constructed (post-helmet stage) with a female in frequent attendance while the male was building. I did not see her bring any material but she would often stay at the nest entrance and intermittently turn to press her ‘beak’ or body on the inside of the nest; very similar to some females of other species that mould nests. It was difficult to offer photographic evidence of this (see Post 2).

Of note is that this was the only nest with a female in attendance out of 7 nests. The other males were actively displaying. The male who owned this nest (mating with this female) also continued to display (see Post 3) – I suspect because the other males were trying to pinch her from him (saw some male to male conflicts over this). Note also that this female would spend most of the time at the entrance, watching the male build. When the male wanted to work inside the nest she would hang on the outside of the nest (Post 4).

My current opinion is that some female Baya Weaver do assist in nest building but the contribution is minimal and this behaviour may not apply to all females.

References

  1. Crook, J.H. (1963) A comparative analysis of nest structure in the weaver birds (ploceinae)IBIS. Vol 105, Issue 2, Pages 238-262.
  2. Quader, S. (2006) What makes a good nest? Benefits of nest choice to female Baya Weavers (Ploceus philippinus).The Auk, 123, 2, (475).
  3. Wells, D.R. (2007) The birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula: Vol. 2 (Passarines). Christopher Helm, London.
  4. Oschadleus, D. Baya Weaver Ploceus philippinus. Weaver Watch: Monitoring the Weavers of the World (Available here:http://weavers.adu.org.za/sp.php?spp=4186).
  5. Craig, A. (2020). Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

 

Location: Outskirts of Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Wetlands

Date: 28th January 2019

Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, handheld

Raffles’s Malkoha – females foraging

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“I came across two different female Raffles’s Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus chlorophaeus) about 2 km apart; both foraging for prey in fairly thick jungle. This malkoha is best described as a cross between a squirrel and a Fantail Flycatcher; fast moving, scampering, often fanning the tail while acrobatically foraging.

“Images above and below show the common foraging technique of using the beak to open dead vegetation or examine under leaves for prey (image below shows it hanging by one foot).

“In my experience prey has often been large winged insects or caterpillars. In literature it is documented as predominantly insects including spiders, beetles, phasmids, caterpillars, butterflies, cicadas, crickets, etc.

“Today I saw one bird took a small lizard (above) high up in tree (7-8 meters up) – no time to kill the lizard before swallowing head first. Not able to find such prey documented in literature (including Cuckoos of the World, by Johannes Erritzøe, Clive F. Mann, Frederik P. Brammer and Richard A. Fuller. Helm, 2012).

“Image above shows the rectrices of the female that are dark rufous (here brightened by back lighting) with a with subterminal black bands and white tips (Wells 1999).”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
15th October 2019

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Trail along primary jungle

Blue-tailed Bee-eater – immature or adult moulting

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“I saw these two Blue-tailed Bee-eaters (Merops philippinus philippinus) that were part of a family group of 4 birds. One bird was in moult with a shorter tail streamer and had feather moult in the face, neck and wings (left or on top in images).

“The possibilities are of an adult in moult or a juvenile completing the transformation to an adult (immature).

“Wells (1999) records very few adult moults. The behaviour was that of a juvenile as it begged food from the adult (but was not fed). I am inclined to consider this as an immature/sub-adult in view of the light to dark plumage changes in the wing and head.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
18th December 2019

Location: Outskirts of Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Wetlands

Oriental Pratincole – juveniles

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“Above is a composite of 4 Oriental Pratincole (Glareola maldivarum) birds to try and show juvenile to adult transition; images arranged according to assumed maturity. The difficulty is confusing an adult non-breeding with a juvenile.

“Non-breeding adults tend to lose the buff plumage to neck and chest; the solid narrow black collar in breeding adult is now broken and appears as short dark streaks. Juveniles are similar to non-breeding adult but the key features in head and neck that should help differentiate them is:
1. The mottled appearance of the crown
2. A complete white eye-ring (upper part of circle not so clear in adults)
3. The mottled dark brown/black in the throat.

“If you look at the composite, the bird in image 1 and 2 are obviously juveniles and that in image 4 an adult (with still some breeding plumage). The bird in image 3 is more difficult and could be a non-breeding adult but there is still some faint crown mottling at the eye rig is sharp, so I think it is an older juvenile (subadult).

“Appreciate opinions and corrections.

Images above and below are those of juveniles.

“Good reference: Higgins, P.J. & Davies, S.J.J.F. (editors) 1996. Handbook of Australian, New Zealand & Antarctic Birds. Volume 3, Snipe to pigeons. Melbourne, Oxford University Press. Vol. 2, pages 648-649, Vol. 3, pages 365-373; plate 23 available HERE.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
10th October 2019

Location: Malim Nawar Wetlands, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Extensive ex-tin mining area with pond/lakes, wetlands, fish farming

Red-throated Sunbird – male

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“Went back to try and get better images of this shy bird, the Red-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes rhodolaemus) as it is always present at the fruiting Common Mahang Macaranga bancana LINK.

“These sunbirds have become more accustomed to me.

“All the images are males.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
16th December 2019

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Broken trail in primary jungle

Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher – song and calls

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“I spent part of the morning listening to Tickell’s Blue Flycatchers (Cyornis tickelliae sumatrensis) sing and call out. There were at least 3 birds (perhaps 3) with 2 separate adult males and one female. I made a number of recordings.

1. The classical song comprises a ‘sweet song of 4-7 tinkling, metallic notes‘ (Wells 2007). It is highly variable and I think used as territorial marker. Above shows the sonogram and waveform of such calls. The call recording can be found HERE. Note that there are 2 birds calling (2 sets of calls). The lower volumes ones were of a bird further away and the higher volume were the answering calls of the bird nearer to me. Here the notes appeared fixed (there were 8 calls and 8 responses in 50 seconds) but I have recorded other sonograms with varying song structure.

2. The other types of call are a churring ‘trrt-trrt’ and an individual ‘tak’(Wells 2007) . These can be seen in the sonogram and waveform above. The call recording can be found (interspersed with other call types): HERE.

3. A fourth type of call, made infrequently, is a sharp whistle like call. The sonogram and waveform of such calls is shown above. The call recording can be found (interspersed with other call types): HERE.

“The image at the top shows one of the males.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
20th December 2019

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Broken trail in primary jungle

Black-tailed Gull – younger birds

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Clearly a first summer bird.

“Black-tailed Gulls (Larus crassirostris) were the commonest gull we observed at East Hokkaido and we saw some young birds that had not attainted full adult plumage. Comments I wrote yesterday apply to today’s posting …LINK. Appreciate any suggestions or ID concerns.

This is third summer bird.

“From various references, the key features and changes of younger birds:
1. First winter birds are generally brown, pale faced and have a brown saddle. Doherty notes that the ‘dark mark in front of the eye helps to emphasise the white eye-crescents‘. The bill is long, a pale fleshy colour with a black tip. Legs are pale pink.
2. First-summer birds have a grey saddle with whiter underparts, otherwise similar to first winter.
3. Second-winter/summer birds have white underparts with grey mantle, scapulars and coverts. The bill is pale grey with a dark tip and legs still not yellow (fleshy). At close inspection there is some red to the bill tip.
4. Third-winter/summer birds look like adults but have dark markings on primary coverts (brownish tinge) and more black in the tail. The bill is yellow with some red at the tip (not as much as adults) with yellow legs (bare parts less yellow than adults).
5. Adults in breeding plumage have a white head, blackish-grey upperparts, with a distinct black bar on the tail (best seen in flight). There is a yellow bill with black and red tip. The feet are orange-yellow, the iris pale yellow with a red orbital ring.

This looks to me a second summer bird.

“The bird at the top is clearly a 1st summer bird with the brown saddle replaced by a grey saddle (other features as above).

“The bird second from the top a third summer bird with near adult plumage but lacking full bare part colours and brown on wings.

“The bird above is a bird in between the first two I posted and looks to me to be a second summer bird with limited bare parts colour development and grey mantel.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
7-9th June 2019

Location: Nemuro Peninsula, East Hokkaido, Japan

References:
1.
Keith Vinicombe. The Helm Guide to Bird Identification. Bloomsbury. 2014
2. Birding Kyoto Kansai and japan (available here http://birdingkyoto.blogspot.com/2014/01/black-tailed-gull.html)
3. Burger, J., Gochfeld, M., Kirwan, G.M. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2019). Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive
4. Oiseaux Birds: Black-tailed Gull – Larus crassirostris (available HERE).
5. Black-tailed Gull: a photo essay by Paul Doherty. Surfbirds (available HERE).
6. Gull Research Organisation. Black-Tailed Gull (available HERE).

Owls turn their heads (Buffy fish owl & brown hawk owl)

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Owls have the reputation of being able to turn their heads towards their backs to view objects behind them. This ability is at times exaggerated or misrepresented as the ability to twist 360°. The pictures and video below show that owls can turn their heads 180° on the right or left side, thus giving them 360° views.

Photo 1 by Soh Kam Yung. Pasir Ris Park. 20 November 2021. Buffy fish owl (Ketupa ketupu) frontal view.  https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/101523951      
Photo 2 by Soh Kam Yung. Pasir Ris Park. 20 November 2021. Buffy fish owl turns heads towards back to look at photographer. – https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/101523953

Video by Francis Seow-Choen. Thomson Nature Park. 8 October 2021. The brown hawk-owl a.k.a. brown boobook, Ninox scutulata, turned its head to look at the videographer and to look behind it.

Purple-naped Sunbird – Frugivory (Common Mahang)

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“The Common Macaranga (Macaranga bancana) fruits twice a year and attracts a large number of bird species. I have seen more than 25 species visit this tree. I had an opportunity to watch a large number of birds feeding today including a number of sunbirds. All three images are of an adult male Purple-naped Sunbird (Hypogramma hypogrammicum nuchale) feeding at the tree. Birds will actively and competitively search for fruit from early in the morning (before 7am) until that days’ supply is exhausted by frantic feeding (usually by 9am). Macaranga bancana is the opiate of the birds.

“The sunbirds and spiderhunters that I have observed feeding on the Macaranga bancana fruit include:
1. Purple-naped Sunbird Hypogramma hypogrammicum
2. Plain Sunbird Anthreptes simplex
3. Red-throated Sunbird Anthreptes rhodolaemus
4. Ruby-cheeked Sunbird Chalcoparia singalensis
5. Brown-throated (Plain-throated) Sunbird Anthreptes malacensis
6. Grey-breasted Spiderhunter Arachnothera modesta
7. Yellow-eared Spiderhunter Arachnothera chrysogenys
8. Spectacled Spiderhunter Arachnothera flavigaster
9. Little Spiderhunter Arachnothera longirostra

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
12th December 2019

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Broken trail in primary jungle

26 Responses

  1. kris

    I just found a young dollarbird in the garden.. It seems to have left the nest too early and cannot fly yet. How am i to keep and feed it for a few days untill it can fly.???

  2. Iwan

    We have a small pond in our garden surrounded by trees and steep bedrock. The other day we saw a heron flying over and attempting to land – I guess to try to eat our small stock of fish. We managed to frighten it away before it landed, and have since installed trip wires around the pond in order to dissuade the bird. The amount of shelter around the pond means that a heron would have to land practically vertically. Does anyone know whether these birds have the agility to hover and land in this way, or do they always need a “glidepath” in order to land successfully?

  3. Khng Eu Meng

    Today, at the former Bidadari Cemetery, there was a buzz about a sighting of a Grey Nightjar (Caprimulgus jotaka). I heard some birders say this nightjar isn’t commonly seen in Singapore. After some hunting, we spotted it asleep on a tree branch, some 15 m above ground. This was rather interesting as my previous encounters with nightjars have been on either terra firma or on low branches.

    Is this perching so high up the tree normal or is it unusual? I have posted a photo of it on my Facebook Timeline: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151125012234135&set=a.108191464134.96538.617499134&type=1&theater

  4. Jess

    Bird Sanctuary At Former Bidadari Cementry

    1)Which is the best spot in Bidadari cemetery for bird watch?

    2)Where this bird usually resident at?

    3)What are some of the rare bird species that can be found at Bidadari?

    4)Where is the particular hot spot for the hornbills, eagles, kingfishers and some of the rare migratory bird?

    5)Which part of Bidadari are richest in it wildlife?

    6)Can you name me the 59 migratory bird species found?

  5. YC

    Why not search the website using the word ‘Bidadari’ to obtain the information you need. There should be sufficient info in past postings to satisfy you.

  6. Firdaus Razak

    Hai, I just want to ask did anybody had an experience bring bird from oversea via MasKargo? Did the bird will stress at high altitude?

  7. Chung Wah

    Hi, I am new to bird photography! Could anyone advise a good pair of binoculars to get for this hobby?

  8. Geam Liang

    I ‘acquired’ a female Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot 5 days ago – was in a public place when the bird flew overhead hit the wall and dropped right in front of me dazed. I picked it up, it appeared unhurt but could not sustain it’s flight. I have since constructed a fairly large ‘cage’ for it, about 4ft x 2fx x 2ft and placed it there last night. I temporarily placed her in a normal bird cage until I had completed the build.
    From what I have read up, it’s a fruit, seed and insect feeder and also nectar, flower buds. It’s doing as well as it can on bananas, papaya, jack-fruit (didn’t touch the grape) and seeds (black and white sunflower and other smaller ones). It loves to bathe so I’ve gotten it a tray and from what I read it’s important to keep things clean as it easily succumbs to infection.
    Does anyone else have any useful experience and sharing on it’s upkeep? I suspect this bird is an escapee – as far as I can read up, it’s not common, if at all, found in Georgetown, Penang where I am. I’m also not optimistic that it can survive if I were to set it free – assuming it can sustain it’s flight and not go crashing down and if there were dogs/cats around that would be the end of it.
    I can attach some pictures but not sure how to do this…
    thanks.

  9. Lee Chiu San

    The blue-crowned hanging parrot, even though very closely related to the lovebirds, is a nectar feeder. You would raise it the way you raise a lorikeet – which is a messy process. And because you are mixing batches of food for just one little bird, whereas I used to do it for about half a dozen pigeon-sized lorikeets each morning, I don’t know how you are going to get the portions down to manageable sizes. Anyway, here goes, with my recipe for feeding big lories. You can adjust the proportions down accordingly for your little bird.

    The staple diet would be a couple of slices of soft fruit (papaya, apple, grapes, even though I am surprised that you said the bird would not eat any) and a mixture of cooked rice sweetened with nectar mix.

    How to make nectar mix? Go to a pharmacy and get a can of food for invalids or infants. I use Complan, but I am sure any good baby formula would do. I usually make up enough to fill a beer mug, but there is no way you need that amount for a day’s feeding. If in doubt, make the mixture thinner, not thicker. Birds cannot digest baby formula that is too thick. If it is too thin, they simply have to consume more to get the required amount of energy. Then to this mug, add half a teaspoonful of rose syrup. Also stir in about a cup of cooked rice, well mashed up.

    In the case of your bird, I suggest that you pour this lot into an ice-cube tray, freeze the mixture, and defrost one cube to feed it each day.

    Now, you said that this bird eats sunflower seeds. This is most unusual for a blue-crowned hanging parrot. Are you sure that this is actually the species you have? Could it be possible that you have actually got a pet lovebird that escaped? There are so many different artificially-created breeds of lovebirds in so many colours that you might have been mistaken.

    If you actually have a lovebird, feeding is much simpler. Just go to the nearest pet shop, buy a packet of budgerigar or cockatiel seed of a reputable international brand, and offer it to the bird. You can supplement this with a couple of slices of fruit each day, and that will be all. Plus of course fresh water and a piece of cuttlefish bone to nibble on.

  10. Lee Chiu San

    About nectar feeding birds. I forgot to add that feeding nectar is messy, and it goes rancid very quickly in our tropical weather. Feeding containers have to be removed and thoroughly cleaned at the end of each day. The birds also splatter the mixture and wipe their beaks on perches and the bars of the cage. All my lories and lorikeets used to be housed in outdoor aviaries which were hosed down daily.

    If Geam Liang does not think the bird will survive if released, I really hope that it is a case of mistaken identity, and that you have a lovebird, rather than a blue-crowned hanging parrot. In our part of the world, all available lovebirds are domestically bred, take to captivity readily, and are easy to feed with commercially available seed mixtures. Yes, and being domestic pets, they would not survive if released.

  11. Geam Liang

    Thank you Chiu San for your inputs. Thus far, bananas and papayas work well. I’m not sure why it did not take to grapes – will try again. Am I supposed to peel it? I didn’t the last time, basically skewered a couple of grapes to a satay stick and positioned it as I did for the sliced and skinned papaya and peeled bananas.
    I have yet to try rice and certainly not nectar but will try out your concoction – have half a mind to go to a pet shop to see if they carry nectar for birds. The ice-cube freeze method is a good one, will try that. I might be mistaken on the sunflower seeds… not touched but it did eat the much smaller roundish, mixed colored seeds. Will remove the sunflower seeds.
    I’m sure it’s a female blue crowned hanging parrot.. it sleeps like a bat every night.

  12. Lee Chiu San

    When feeding local birds which are unfamiliar with imported fruits such as grapes, it helps to split the fruits to expose the edible parts. As to your remark that the bird sleeps hanging upside down like a bat, yes, that is the way blue-crowned hanging parrots sleep.

  13. Geam Liang

    Thanks… I need to think like a bird – yup. She has probably not seen a grape much less know that it’s edible, unless the previous owner has fed her with grapes… even then… Today she’s done pretty well making the most of the banana and all of the papaya plus quite a bit of seeds. Will try the baby food + mashed rise + rose syrup.
    Will regular honey do instead of rose syrup?
    Thanks.

  14. Lee Chiu San

    About making nectar to feed birds. Most aviculturalists do not use honey for two reasons: 1. It is expensive and does not seem to give any added benefits. 2. Honey is made by bees, and the composition varies wildly. Some honeys are also known to cause fungal infection in birds.

    If you do not want to buy a huge bottle of rose syrup just for one tiny bird, there are cheaper alternatives. The first is plain table sugar, though most don’t seem to like it very much.

    What many birds will accept quite readily as a sweetener is condensed milk – the type with sugar that coffee shop owners use.

    Many, many birds have a sweet tooth (or should I say sweet beak?) Besides the usual suspects of lories, lorikeets, sunbirds and hummingbirds, for whom it is an essential part of the diet, nectar mixture is readily consumed by mynahs, leafbirds, fairy bluebirds, barbets, doves, parrots of all kinds, and a whole host of other species.

  15. Geam Liang

    I tried the condensed mild, placed in in a small bottle cap.. only the ants showed interest. Am I supposed to dilute it? I didn’t =( I took you advice and refrained from honey. Have yet to find Rose Syrup from the shelves of TESCO… will try to mix the baby food + mashed rise + rose syrup/sugar syrup this week…

  16. David Thackray

    Can anyone help me identify a bird I saw in Singapore last week. Size of a smakll dove or thrush. Dark metallic back. Grey breast with red throat, chest.

  17. Emily Koh

    Lately I bought a bird feeder which I fill with 4parts water n 1 part white sugar. Sunbirds come regularly to drink and they are really lovely to watch. May I know if it is bad for them to feed on this? Previously they would sometimes pierce and drink from my potted flowers

  18. Emily Koh

    Lately I bought a bird feeder which I fill with 4parts water n 1 part white sugar. Sunbirds come regularly to drink and they are really lovely to watch. May I know if it is bad for them to feed on this? Previously they would sometimes pierce and drink from my potted flowers.

  19. Mahadevi Bhuti

    One of best souce for the bird watcher’s enjoying knowledge about ornithology

  20. Martin Nyffeler (PhD)

    Dear Sir / Dear Madame,

    I am a Senior Lecturer in Zoology at a University in Switzerland and I urgently need to get in touch with photographer Chan Yoke Meng, who takes beautiful photographs of birds near Singapore. Would you please mail me the email address of this photographer!

    Thanks,
    Martin

  21. Wee Ming

    Hello Besgroup,

    Trust this email finds you well. We chance upon your photograph on your website and found the amazing image of the Laced Woodpecker and durians. We would like to explore the possibility of getting permission to use them for a new Bird Park in Singapore.

    Spacelogic is a company based in Singapore and we have been contracted by Mandai Park Development to carry out design and build works relating to the exhibition interpretive displays in this new Bird Park.

    Some background of the new Mandai Bird Park project; it will build upon the legacy of the Jurong Bird Park – https://www.wrs.com.sg/en/jurong-bird-park.html by retaining and building upon a world-reference bird collection and creating a place of colour and joy for all visitors. The new Bird Park will have a world-reference ornithological collection displayed in a highly immersive way with large walk-through habitats. To enhance visitors’ experience with storyline and narrative of the bird park, transition spaces are added to display exhibits that provide a varied type of fun, intuitive, interactive and educational experiences for all visitors. One of the habitats features the Laced Woodpecker on a flora panel It is in this flora panel that we are seeking your permission to feature the Laced Woodpecker. We are looking to use the first image on the link here.
    Link can be found here: https://besgroup.org/2012/06/28/laced-woodpecker-and-durians/

    We would like to ask if this is something that we can explore further and if yes, how can we go about with putting through a formal permission request. Thank you so much for considering our request and we look forward to hearing from you.

    Warmest Regards,
    Wee Ming
    SPACElogic Pte Ltd

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