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.’

Photo 1.
Photo 2.
Photo 3.
Photo 4.

All photographs are copy-righted to Thong Chow Ngian.

‘Blue’ Flycatcher for ID

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“I saw this ‘blue’ Flycatcher calling high in the jungle canopy. There were two birds but I only imaged one (above, below). Images are not great but it is most likely the Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassinus thalassoides) but I could not see the ‘diagnostic’ patterned lower tail-coverts well. I am careful not confuse it with the Pale Blue-flycatcher (Cyornis unicolor cyanopolia) which has shorter tail, longer hooked beak and brown plumage in the female.

Above is an audio recording of the calls and below a sonogram and waveform (ignore upper bar in sonogram which is due to rushing stream). HBW (2019) describes calls as a “short and plaintive ‘pseeut’” which sound like what I heard.
Appreciate any opinions.

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

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

Slaty-backed Forktail in the Lowlands

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I saw this Slaty-backed Forktail (Enicurus schistaceus) at a jungle stream on the outskirts of Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia today, 15th April 2022. I suspect from calls and movement that there were two birds. I checked the map and the location where I saw the bird was at ‘sea level’. It is very odd to see this generally highland species so low.

Wells (2007) does not record this species below 800m ASL on the peninsular.

Ebird records for Peninsular Malaysia are all highlands or hill station records. However, one record by WK Liew in April 2021 is from Sungai Congkak Recreational Forest, Hulu Langat, Selangor, which may be at ~200m ASL.

Appreciate any feedback on observations noted in lowland locations in Peninsular Malaysia.

 

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

25th April 2022

 

Discussion:

Rosli Omar’s comment: https://rosliomarphotography.com/: At sea level, that’s amazing. In my book Birds of the Forests of Peninsular Malaysia, I stated the old Birds I Witness records with one at Kuala Juram at about 190m.

Amar responsese: Appreciate that vital information. It appears that the range of this bird is wider than previously known or reported in literature.

Syafiq comment: From Birds of Thailand (2018, Lynx) by Treesucon, U. & Limparungpatthanakij, W., …Forages on rocks in and beside larger, more open rivers in wooded regions at 200 – 1800m.

It is possible that what you observed is unique since I am not aware of any previous records of Slaty-backed Forktail at ‘sea level’.

Any idea from which river the stream originated, and how far upstream (elevation) is the river’s source? Is it above 200m?

Amar’s response: I am aware that populations outside of the Malay Peninsula breed at lower altitudes.

Down to 300m in the Himalayas (wintering down into adjacent plains) and recorded at 400m in Thailand (Birds of the World). But our populations have largely been above 800m.

I have only been a few km up this stream – but if I look at the map it appears to go on up to a peak of about 400-500m (river source).

The highest nearby peak is 1000m (only one); all the others are 800m or lower.

It could be that side-streams feed into this river from the highest peak (1000m) but not the main stream.

David Wells comment 1: First question, does this stream system run off hills that regularly carry a Slaty-backed population, ie., could this bird have wandered down its home stream, or would it need to have flown in  from some other stream system?

Amar’s response: I have never seen Slaty-backed Forktails at this site. A location I have visited regularly (15-20 visits per year) since 1988 – it is my primary bird watching patch. But I have only climbed hills in the area only up to 800m. I have only seen Chestnut-naped Forktails at all elevations.

The nearest higher hills (above 1000m) are all >25km away and interrupted by extensive lowland/human habitation in between. This location is a small range of hills (highest mentioned before at 1000m) surrounded on all sides by city, development, agriculture.

David Wells comment 2: 

Second Question, could it be that there are no, or no longer, any competing Chestnut-naped Forktails on this particular stream system? Whatever the answers, the suspicion has to be that something is going on in the highlands that is stressing its home population.

Amar’s response: In a 2.5km stretch of this stream I used to see 3 pairs of Chestnut-naped Forktails in the past. Recently it is more common to see 1 or 2 pairs (some reduction in sightings). I just saw a pair of Chestnut-naped Forktails at almost the same location as the Slaty-backed Forktail just 5-6 weeks ago.

I am not aware of logging upstream to pressure birds to come down – the streams in the location are all still very clear & no logging trails going in.

Rufous Woodpecker – juvenile and advertising call

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Juvenile.

I observed a family unit of Rufous Woodpeckers (Micropternus brachyurus) on 10th August 2020 along a primary jungle trail at the Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia – an adult female, adult male and one juvenile bird. They were foraging in thick vegetation (I have seen them feeding close to the ground). I could not get close but offering some images of the juvenile (above and below).

Juvenile.

Earlier on May 28th 2020 at the urban environment in Ipoh, I had an opportunity to listen to another Rufous Woodpecker make advertising calls, from a perch. Calls are a loud peal of notes that come out in a burst, often uttered 20-30 seconds apart (or longer). They vary in number of notes and duration. The ones I recorded had 11 notes but I have heard a range of 8-12 notes (Wells 1999 says 4-16, commonly around 8; Birds of the World says up to 16 notes). The duration of the full call I recorded was 1.35 seconds but have heard durations of 1.5-1.7 seconds. There is a slight up lift then a decrescendo component to the call. A sonogram and a waveform are shown below – note the layered natured of the calls, spanning a large frequency range of 1-21 kHz. I guess this is what it really means to ‘cover all your bases’.

A sonogram and a waveform.

Call recording here: https://www.xeno-canto.org/562984

 

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

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

More birds feeding on fruits of Giant Mahang

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Some Giant Mahang (Macaranga gigantea) are located at the fringe of the forest and I saw two Oriental Magpie Robins (Copsychus saularis musicus) feeding on fruit. In the composite (insert) shown below you can see fruit in the beak. I have observed frugivory by the Oriental Magpie Robins not infrequently.

Three new species seen feeding on the fruit of the Giant Mahang (Macaranga gigantea) on this day. Verditer Flycatchers (Eumyias thalassinus thalassoides), Green-backed Flycatchers (Narcissus Flycatcher, Ficedula narcissina elisae) and Oriental Magpie Robins (Copsychus saularis musicus)

Birds that I have personally observed feeding on the Giant Mahang (Macaranga gigantea) fruit include:

  1. Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica)
  2. Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot (Loriculus galgulus)
  3. Crimson-winged Woodpecker (Picus puniceus observandus)
  4. Banded Woodpecker (Picus miniaceus malaccense)
  5. Brown Barbet (Calorhamphus fuliginosus hayii)
  6. Red-throated Barbet (Megalaima mystacophanos mystacophanos)
  7. Gold-whiskered Barbet (Megalaima chrysopogon laeta)
  8. Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus malayanus)
  9. Buff-vented Bulbul (Iole charlottae)
  10. Cream-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus simplex simplex)
  11. Olive-winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus plumosus)
  12. Red-eyed Bulbul (Pycnonotus brunneus)
  13. Spectacled Bulbul (Pycnonotus erythropthalmus)
  14. Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier gourdini)
  15. Asian Fairy Bluebird (Irena puella malayensis)
  16. Greater Green Leafbird (Chloropsis sonnerati zosterops)
  17. Blue-winged Leafbird (Chloropsis cochinchinensis moluccensis)
  18. Green Iora (Aegithina viridissima)
  19. Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus divaricatus)
  20. Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis musicus)
  21. Orange-headed Thrush (Zoothera citrina)
  22. Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis strigata)
  23. Lesser Cuckooshrike (Lalage fimbriata)
  24. Mugimaki Flycatcher (Ficedula mugimaki)
  25. Yellow-rumped Flycatcher (Ficedula zanthopygia)
  26. Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica)
  27. Green-backed Flycatcher (Narcissus Flycatcher, Ficedula narcissina elisae)
  28. Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassinus thalassoides)
  29. Everett’s White-eye (Zosterops everetti)
  30. Grey-breasted Spiderhunter (Arachnothera modesta)
  31. Spectacled Spiderhunter (Arachnothera flavigaster)
  32. Spectacled Bulbul (Pycnonotus erythropthalmus)
  33. Scaly-Breasted Bulbul (Pycnonotus squamatus)
  34. Purple-naped Sunbird (Hypogramma hypogrammicum)
  35. Ruby-cheeked Sunbird (Anthreptes singalensis interposita)
  36. Plain Sunbird (Anthreptes simplex)
  37. Orange-bellied Flowerpecker (Dicaeum trigonostigma)
  38. Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker (Prionochilus percussus)
  39. Other unidentified Sunbirds & Flowerpeckers

 

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

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: fringe of primary jungle

Date: 17th January 2020

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

 

 

Pin-striped Tit-Babbler – caterpillar

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I watched a pair of Pin-striped Tit-Babblers (Mixornis gularis gularis) call out in the mid-morning as they forage in the undergrowth.

One spotted a large green caterpillar that was then branch swiped.

It may be my fancy, but it did appear as though the bird knew it had to drain out the internal fluids (juices) of the caterpillar (see above). It was collected and taken to feed juveniles.

 

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

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Limestone hills at city fringe with secondary growth

Date: 12th November 2020

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

 

Pin-striped Tit Babbler -calls

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The commonest babbler to encounter locally is the Pin-striped Tit Babbler (Macronus gularis gularis). And I watched a pair for some time as they foraged in the morning at the fringe of this forest reserve (above).

I personally enjoy listening to the contact calls they make. When making these calls most of the time the throat is puffed up (above) and the beak open. About 10-15% of the time the bird arches the back and points the beak skyward when calling out.

The calls are described as a harsh “chrrrt-chrr” or “chrrrt-chrr-chrri” (Robson 2002), but are very variable. A sonogram and wave of a short segment in shown above. A call recording here of this pair: https://www.xeno-canto.org/488919

An adult with a large flying insect is added as an addendum (above).

 

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

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Fringe of forest reserve

Date: 25th July 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

 

Fluffy-backed Tit Babbler

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I saw these near-threatened (locally vulnerable bordering on endangered) Fluffy-backed Tit Babblers (Macronus ptilosus ptilosus) a number of times this morning.

Initially a family unit of 4 birds (one bird seen was a juvenile); at another time was a pair of adults located about 1 km from the first group. The pair was in better lighting and offered an occasional image of these dark-undergrowth-loving birds.

Note that one adult has some tail moult (bird on the right when seen together – above). This bird would initiate the calls and the second bird offer a ‘duet’ response; so it could be the male, assuming the male initiates calls.

When calling out, the lead bird tends to bow down and the throat swells.

Also when calling the ‘silky white feathers’ (Wells 2007) at the throat are exposed.

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

Habitat: Mixed primary and secondary forest

Date: 17th September 2020

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

 

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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