Plain Flowerpecker of Taiwan

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The Plain Flowerpecker (Dicaeum concolor uchidae) is the smallest bird in Taiwna and one of only 2 species of Flowerpeckers present…

Usually found at lower elevations. Have slender curved bills, pale base to lower mandible, faint streaks on crown, and generally olive. Fast moving little fellows.

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr) – Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Location: Guguan, Taichung City County, Taiwan

Habitat: Recreational area near forest reserve

Date: 16th January 2019

Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, handheld with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone

Bulbul feeding on pomegranate

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On 13 August 2021, Thong Chow Ngian observed a Yellow-vented bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) feeding on a pomegranate fruit (Punica granatum). This plant was growing in his neighbour’s balcony in the Pasir Ris vicinity.

Below are 4 photographs showing the bird perched in different positions to access the red, fleshy, edible seeds. The bird swallowed the crystal-like seeds whole. The pomegranate plant is not native in Singapore but it is interesting to observe the Yellow-vented bulbul being adventurous in feeding on a new fruit.

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Photo 2.
Photo 3.
Photo 4.

All photographs are attributed to Thong Chow Ngian.

Oriental Honey-buzzard – uncommon tweeddale morph 2

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Post 1.

An Oriental Honey Buzzard (Indomayalan HB, Crested HB), Pernis ptilorhynchus torquatus, in the uncommon tweeddale morph resembling a Blyth’s Hawk Eagle plumage with a prominent crest (avian mimicry). Both males and females in this morph have yellow-orange eyes and dark heads. The P. p. torquatus are resident in Peninsular Malaysia. Post 1 above shows the bird collecting nesting material from a Pterocarpus indicus (Angsana tree).

Post 2.

Post 2 above, flying with a branch from a Samanea saman (Rain Tree). Both collections I observed were small branches with fresh foliage, broken using the beak and transported in the claws. The partner, looked like a possible male, had yellow-orange eyes but lighter plumage – the commonly encountered ‘intermediate morph’, to use terminology in the recently published ‘Chong Leong Puan, G. W. H. Davison, Kim Chye Lim (2020). Birds of Malaysia: Covering Peninsular Malaysia, Malaysian Borneo and Singapore. Lynx Edicions’.

Post 3.

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr) – Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Urban environment

Date: 14th January 2021

Equipment: Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, handheld with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone

Update on Birds Observed Feeding on Poikilospermum suaveolens

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Poikilospermum suaveolens is a woody hemi-epiphytic liana (woody vine or climber) found in the rainforest of India, southeast China, most of South-East Asia including Malaysia and Singapore. The tiny pink flowers (male 1.5-2 mm long; female 3-7 mm) are presented in globular inflorescences or ‘branched head-like clusters’. The flowers are a favourite source of nectar for many birds, and due to their small size, are usually eaten by birds to get at the nectar they contain (Reference 1).

Prior observations have shown the following bird species that feed on the Poikilospermum suaveolens (see Reference 2):

  1. Sooty Barbet Caloramphus hayii
  2. Cream-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus simplex
  3. Blue-crowned Hanging-Parrot Loriculus galgulus
  4. Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush Pterorhinus mitratus
  5. Long-tailed Sibia Heterophasia picaoides wrayi (Reference 3)
  6. Blue-winged Leafbird Chloropsis cochinchinensis
  7. Greater Green Leafbird Chloropsis sonnerati
  8. Orange-bellied Flowerpecker Dicaeum trigonostigma
  9. Streaked Spiderhunter Arachnothera magna (Reference 4)
  10. Brown-throated Sunbird Anthreptes malacensis
  11. Crimson Sunbird Aethopyga siparaja
  12. Van Hasselt’s Sunbird Leptocoma brasiliana
  13. Hume’s White-eye Zosterops auriventer tahanensis

Chestnut-created Yuhina

One report from the Ulu Ulu Resort, Temburong, Brunei, Borneo (Reference 5) offers photographic evidence of a number of Flowerpeckers feeding on Poikilospermum suaveolens including:

  1. Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker Prionochilus xanthopygius
  2. Orange-bellied Flowerpecker Dicaeum trigonostigma
  3. Yellow-vented Flowerpecker Dicaeum chrysorrheum
  4. Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker Prionochilus maculatus
  5. Brown-throated Sunbird Anthreptes malacensis

This report adds another 3 species of birds to the list.

Lesser Green Leafbird

An image search identified the Bohol Sunbird Aethopyga decorosa as another species that uses this nectar source (Reference 6).

The online version of the ‘Biodiversity of Singapore’ (Reference 7) lists the Blue-winged Leafbird

Chloropsis cochinchinensis as a species that feeds on Poikilospermum suaveolens, in addition to some birds already mentioned above.

Our recent observations (see images) identify the following additional five species as feeding on the flowers to gain access to the nectar:

  1. Black-throated Sunbird Aethopyga saturate waryi – female seen eating flowers at 1,600m ASL, Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia, 11th April 2015. Amar-Singh HSS.
  2. Purple-naped Spiderhunter Kurochkinegramma hypogrammicum – adults seen eating flowers at Kledang-Saiong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, 8 and 9th August 2019. Amar-Singh HSS.
  3. Plain Sunbird Anthreptes simplex – adults seen eating flowers at Kledang-Saiong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, 8 and 9th August 2019. Amar-Singh HSS. (Reference 8)
  4. Chestnut-crested Yuhina Staphida everetti – an adult seen eating flowers at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia, 3rd March 2022. Lee-Fung Chai.
  5. Lesser Green Leafbird Chloropsis cyanopogon. – an adult male and female seen eating flowers at Ampang, Selangor, Malaysia, 7th and 11th April 2022 (respectively). Lee-Fung Chai.

Purple-naped Sunbird

In summary 22 species of birds have observed feeding on Poikilospermum suaveolens as a nectar source. There is every reason to believe that, with time, more birds will be added to this list.

Black-throated Sunbird

References:

  1. Amar-Singh HSS (2018). Why do Birds Eat Flowers? Lineated Barbet – new food source. Bird Ecology Study Group. https://besgroup.org/2019/02/18/why-do-birds-eat-flowers-lineated-barbet-new-food-source/
  2. Wee YC (2017). Plant-Bird Relationship (Version 3.0). Bird Ecology Study Group. https://besgroup.org/2017/10/01/plant-bird-relationship-version-3-0-2/
  3. Long-tailed Sibia feeding on the flowers of Poikilospermum suaveolens for the nectar they contain. http://www.123rf.com/photo_12455277_long-tailed-sibia-on-round-flower.html
  4. Amar-Singh HSS (2020). Diet and Foraging Behaviour of the Streaked Spiderhunter (Arachnothera magna). BirdingASIA 34: 114–120.
  5. Uluulublog (2017). Flowerpeckers & purple pom pom fruit. Ulu Ulu Resort, Temburong, Brunei, Borneo. https://uluulublog.wordpress.com/2017/01/27/purple-pom-poms-flowerpeckers-butterflies/
  6. Macaulay Library and eBird (2022). Bohol Sunbird Aethopyga decorosa. https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/bohsun1/cur/multimedia?media=photos
  7. Online version of The Biodiversity of Singapore (2022). https://singapore.biodiversity.online/species/P-Angi-003736
  8. Amar-Singh HSS (2019). Video of Plain Sunbird Anthreptes simplex feeding on flowers of Poikilospermum suaveolens. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cI7y9yUX8M&t=2s

Plain Sunbird

Amar-Singh HSS and Lee-Fung Chai

Malaysia, April 2022

Regurgitating koel

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On 24 October 2021, Thong Chow Ngian observed a male koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus) feeding on the fruits of the Footstool palm, Saribus rotundifolius. He continued to observe the bird and later documented the bird regurgitating a pale seed. The observations were made in Pasir Ris, Singapore.

Photo 1. Thong Chow Ngian noticed a male Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus), feeding on the Footstool palm (Saribus rotundifolius) fruits. It swallowed the dark fruits whole. After feeding, it perched quietly on the stalk of a large palm leaf.
Photo 2. After about 10-15 minutes, it started to regurgitate and a pale- looking seed popped out of its beak.
Photo 3. It caught the seed with its beak for a few seconds before releasing it. He was fascinated by this feeding behaviour. The indigestible seed is regurgitated.

 

All photographs © Thong Chow Ngian.

Thick-billed Green-Pigeon at a logged primary forest

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Thick-billed Green-Pigeon (Treron curvirostra curvirostra) at logged primary forest with secondary growth in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. The images were photographed on 11th January 2021.

Equipment used: Nikon D500 SLR with Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, handheld with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone.

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr): Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker – males

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Male.

The male Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Picoides kizuki seebohmi) is a delightful, fast moving, small woodpecker. There are 9 sub-species in Japan alone. Ishida 2005 states that “The plumage coloration varies between regions ….. Japanese Pygmy Woodpeckers tend to look darker in the southern regions than in the northern ones, such as Hokkaido, because the areas of white decrease as they go to the south.” (Ken Ishida. Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker. Bird Research News Vol.2 No.5 2005. 5.11. Last Revised:2014.4.10; available here: http://www.bird-research.jp/1_shiryo/seitai/kogera.pdf)

Male.

All the birds we saw (images posted) were males as we spotted the small, often concealed red spot on side of hindcrown (Mark Brazil. Birds of Japan. Helm Field Guides 2018) – see Post 3. This red feather in males is 7.5mm in lenght with the red coloured portion only half of the distance.

Male.

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr) – Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Location: Nemuro, East Hokkaidō, Japan

Date: 5 & 7th June 2019

Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, handheld with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone

White-backed Woodpecker vs Great Spotted Woodpecker

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As I mentioned, the White-backed Woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos subcirris) and the Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major japonicas) are very similar as first glance. Adult males can be distinguished by the extent of red in the crown – Great Spotted Woodpeckers having red only in the hind crown. But females and juveniles are more difficult. One good/quick feature in the field to look for is the black face bar – in the White-backed Woodpecker it does not reach the nape (or crown), in the Great Spotted Woodpecker it extends all the way up to the nape/back of the crown.

The composite I put together (above) to illustrate this is of a male Great Spotted Woodpecker (above, sorry no female images) and a female White-backed Woodpecker below.

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr) – Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Location: East Hokkaidō, Japan

Date: 5-11th June 2019

Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, handheld with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone

Paradise shelduck, Tadorna variegata

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Photo 1. Male Paradise shelduck on the left and the more colourful, white headed female on the right.

 

Wong Kais encountered a family of Paradise Shelducks on 5 & 6 November 2014 when he visited Zeelandia Te Māra a Tāne, a wildlife sanctuary in Wellington, New Zealand. This wildlife sanctuary of 225 ha is completely fenced to give the native species a chance at restoring their decimated  population.  It is a popular tourist destination located just at the fringe of Wellington city.

Family     : Anatidae

Subfamily: Anatinae

Tribe        : Tadornini

Interesting Snippets: The ducks are rather goose-like and are good game birds. The goose-like characteristics include their rather large size, long necks and charging at perceived threats like geese. They are endemic to New Zealand and can be seen in open grasslands with water bodies including in public parks.

The birds display inverted sexual dimorphism. The females are more colourful with white coloured heads while the males are more drab with black coloured heads. Eggs are laid from August – October each year.  The eggs are incubated for 30-35 days. The fledging period averages 8 weeks.

The ducks feed on grass, earthworms, insects and crustaceans.

The photographs in the photo gallery and 3 videos of this shelduck family are all copyrighted to Wong Kais.

Photo 2. The male Paradise shelduck on the right and female on the left. Even the feathers on the back of the female are more colourful.
Photo 3. Side view of a female Paradise Shelduck. The side view of its head and beak hints at goose-like appearance.
Photo 4. The beautiful colours on the female duck.
Photo 5. Dorso-lateral view of the beautiful feathers on the back of the female duck.
Photo 6. The contrasting brown and black feathers of the wings and tail of the female duck.
Photo 7. The female parent watching over her ducklings grazing on the green grass.
Photo 8. The parent preens her feathers while her young charges feed voraciously.
Photo 9. Close-up of a downy duckling. The black stripes add on to their attractiveness.
Photo 10.  Two ducklings grazing next to each other. A third duckling is grazing nearby.
Photo 11. Four ducklings graze while mother sits nearby.

 

Photo 12. Visitor and Education Centre at Zeelandia, Wellington.

 

Photo 13. The mother duck seen inside the sanctuary.Article by Teo Lee Wei

References:

  1. Handbook of the Birds of the World © 1996 vol. 1
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradise_shelduck
  3. https://ebird.org/species/parshe1
  4. https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-animals/birds/birds-a-z/paradise-duck-putakitaki/
  5. https://kidadl.com/animal-facts/paradise-shelduck-facts

Juvenile koel with crows

Thong Chow Ngian shares his observations and documentations of a juvenile koel calling out to be fed by crows.

‘On 08 April 2022, I spotted a flock of Large-billed crows, Corvus macrorhynchos (photo 1) making a ruckus at Pasir Ris park. One of the crows was feeding on a rodent (photo 2) and the rest of the crows were calling loudly for a share of the prey. When I came nearer, I noticed an unusual looking bird perching quietly on its own (photo 3), which was slightly smaller and not as dark as the rest of the flock. Its beak was smaller and it had some white scale-like markings on its dark-brownish tail and wings. I observed other physical differences too. Its beak was paler and smaller, and its eyes were brownish instead of black, like the rest of the flock.

It was perching quietly but occasionally would call out to be fed (photo 4). Could this be a juvenile male Asian Koel, Eudynamys scolopaceus (photo 3)? A female Asian Koel would be much lighter brown with dark stripes all over its body and tail.

I did not stay long enough to witness any feeding but it made me wonder whether the juvenile Koel was fed on the prey in its early life, which would be interesting to note as it is common knowledge that adult Asian Koels are frugivorous, fruit-eating birds.

It was the first time for me to observe an example of a brood parasite relationship between Large-billed crows and a juvenile Asian Koel.’

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Photo 2.
Photo 3.
Photo 4.

All photographs are copy-righted to Thong Chow Ngian.

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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