Sweet potato bug, Physomerus grossipes

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The sweet potato bug, Physomerus grossipes, is a Hemipteran.  It is a true bug in the Coreidae family: the leaf-footed bug. It is native to South-East Asia and often sucks sap from plants in the Leguminosae (e.g. Clitoria ternatea, the butterfly pea) and Convolvulaceae (e.g. Ipomoea, morning glory and sweet potato) families. The plants may wilt or have reduced growth.  Plant viruses may also be introduced by the bugs.

The bugs are about 2 cm long, oval-shaped and with segmented antennae. The hind tibias are enlarged.

Eggs are laid on the underside of leaves and the females usually guard the eggs and nymphs against predation by ants and parasitisation by wasps.

 

Photo 1 by Soh Kam Yung. Upper Seletar Reservoir Park. 13 March 2022. An adult bug resting on a leaf (hairy Clidemia?)

 

Photo 2 by Soh Kam Yung. Upper Seletar Reservoir Park. 13 March 2022. Side view of the sweet potato bug.

Photos are on iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108496527 ]

Article by Teo Lee Wei

References:

Banded Bay Cuckoo  – social pair

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I saw 2 Banded Bay Cuckoos (Cacomantis sonneratii malayanusbirds) together today, foraging and calling together; this was unexpected.

Both look like adults. It was also interesting to note the white at the side of the tail, proximally that that showed up well in one bird (above, first bird) (do not see this mentioned in the literature).

I presume it is not seen (above, second bird) unless the wings are held out/down.

Cuckoos of the world uses ‘Cacomantis sonneratii sonneratii’.

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

Location: Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Secondary growth adjacent to limestone outcroppings

Date: 10th December 2020

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

 

Indian Cuckoo (Cuculus micropterus) – ID confirmation requested

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The second migratory cuckoo I saw in an urban setting and I think it is and Indian Cuckoo (Cuculus micropterus).

Appreciate any confirmation of ID.

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

Habitat: Urban city environment

Date: 28th March 2018

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

Common Blue Skimmer, Orthetrum glaucum, mating

Orthetrum glaucum, the Common Blue Skimmer or Blue Marsh Hawk, are dragonflies in the Libellulidae family.  The family include skimmers, darters and perchers. The compound eyes are large and meet in the centre of the head. Dragonflies are often found in still water bodies like ponds and marshes. They are carnivorous and help keep insect pest numbers under control. Mosquitoes and midges are often featured on dragonfly menus but butterflies, moths, flies, bees and other dragonflies are also included.

Soh Kam Yung documented a mating pair at Upper Seletar Reservoir Park on 13 March 2022. The male is resting on a small twig just above the water.  It has greenish-blue compound eyes and a dark blue thorax.  The abdomen is light blue with the last two segments in a darker shade. The female, with light brown splotches on its abdomen, has curled its abdomen upwards to join with the secondary genitalia of the male (under second abdominal segment) so that copulation can take place.  The male claspers grasp the female behind the eyes and the pair has formed a tandem link.

 

A mating pair of Common Blue Skimmers (Orthetrum glaucum) spotted at Upper Seletar Reservoir Park on 13 March 2022.
Read this post that features the mating of a pair of Dancing Dropwings, Trithemis pallidinervis.
Article by Teo Lee Wei
References:
1.  Dragonflies of Our Parks and Gardens by Robin Ngiam © 2011
5.   Biodiversity of Singapore: An encyclopedia of the Natural Environment and Sustainable Development © 2011 Edited by: Peter KL
                                               Ng, Richard T. Corlett and Hugh T. W. Tan

Spiderhunter, Sunbird, Flowerpecker – Food Source

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There is a very tall flowering tree at this site that attracts Spiderhunters, Sunbirds, Flowerpeckers to its nectar. It is difficult to observe all the birds visiting as the tree is very tall and has fairly dense foliage. It is a Syzygium species, most likely the Syzygium grande (Sea Apple). Birds I am certain that feed on its nectar include the:

  1. Grey-breasted Spiderhunter Arachnothera modesta modesta
  2. Spectacled Spiderhunter Arachnothera flavigaster
  3. Brown-throated Sunbird Anthreptes malacensis malacensis
  4. Orange-bellied Flowerpecker Dicaeum trigonostigma

The Long-billed Spiderhunter Arachnothera robusta robusta and other bird also visit the tree often, but I have failed to see their feeding behaviour there.

Post 1.

Post 2.

Post 1 shows a female Brown-throated Sunbird at the flowers.

Post 2 an image of flowers and leaves to aid plant ID.

 

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

Habitat: Secondary growth adjacent to limestone outcroppings

Date: 7th December 2020

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

Mangrove Blue Flycatcher, Cyornis rufigastra

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The colourful Mangrove Blue Flycatcher, Cyornis rufigastra, is rarely seen in Singapore.  It is a denizen of mangrove areas and only a few of these mangrove swamps are in existence in Singapore. The birds are also found in coastal areas of South-East Asia. The birds are approximately 14.5 cm and produce melodious songs/warblings which vary between different geographic regions.

The males possess blue upperparts and bright orange breasts and bellies.  The rest of the underparts are pale orange to whitish in parts.  Females are similar to the males but have white face markings. These flycatchers prefer to nest in the base of nipa palm fronds (Nypa fruticans)  and have also been noted to nest amongst the salt water fern, Acrostichum.  These plants are widely dispersed amongst the mangrove trees in the Pasir Ris Park mangrove swamps.

The flycatchers perch in the shade of tree branches and dash out to catch insects on the wings or pick them up from the ground. Flies, bees, termites and aphids are common in their diet. The larvae of these insects are also taken and fed to their chicks.

 

Photo 1 by Johnny Wee. Pasir Ris Park. 14 March 2022. A male flycatcher with head turned to its right displays the vivid colours of its head and breast.

 

Photo 2 by Johnny Wee. Pasir Ris Park. 14 March 2022. The whole upperpart is blue, contrasting with the orange breast and whitish abdomen.

 

Photo 3 by Johnny Wee. Pasir Ris Park. 14 March 2022. The same male flycatcher with its blue tail feathers in an upright position.

 

David S. H. Tan documented a pair of this flycatcher nesting in an Oncosperma sp. palm and bringing a variety of insects to feed the chicks. Read the post here.

Article by Teo Lee Wei

References:

  1.  The Birds of Singapore by Clive Briffett & Sutari bin Supari © 1993
  2.  Handbook of the Birds of the World Vol 11 © 1996

Ruby-cheeked Sunbird – calls

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These are from call recordings of the Ruby-cheeked Sunbird (Chalcoparia singalensis singalensismade). The sunbird was a self-feeding, immature male I posted from 17th August 2020. Different sources have described song and calls in different ways with trills, chirps and a variety of other notes. I have heard much variation in the calls and songs. Some sonograms and waveforms of calls:

The above shows one variety of call use. These notes have some similarity in the sonogram but are used in a variety of different ways. The first section shows single notes, 0.2 seconds long. These can be used as coupled notes (2-5 notes) in a run (second section). Finally the same call can be extended (up to 0.4 seconds) to give a longer drawn-out call or slurred note.

The above shows a group of sharper, briefer (0.1 seconds), higher frequency calls that are often used in runs of 3-6 notes.

All these calls can be heard in this recording: https://www.xeno-canto.org/593119

 

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

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

Habitat: Trail along primary jungle

Date: 17th August 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

 

Unusual food item of the Yellow-rumped Flycatcher

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I was watching a Yellow-rumped Flycatcher (Ficedula zanthopygia) male forage this morning (17th March 2022) at the Kledang Saiong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak. It largely took insects by aerial sallies or ‘hover-snatching’. But I was surprised when it took the flowers of an inflorescence – saw this a few times (see image with close-ups – below).

I have seen this creeper with a globular flowering inflorescence a number of times. I think it is a Cephalanthus species, a genus of flowering plants in the family Rubiaceae, commonly known as the buttonbush.

I have seen birds feed on flowers to get to the nectar; especially Sunbirds and Spiderhunters feeding on the flowers of Poikilospermum suaveolens. But this is the first time I have seen a flycatcher do this. Yellow-rumped Flycatchers have been known to take fruit (see Wells 2007) and I have personally observed them feeding on the fruit of the Giant Mahang (Macaranga gigantea).

 

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

17th March 2022

 

Ruby-cheeked Sunbird – prey for young

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Wells (2007) indicates that in Peninsula Malaysia, direct evidence of Ruby-cheeked Sunbird (Chalcoparia singalensis interposita) feeding on nectar is lacking and suggests that they eat mainly arthropods and insects. Cheke & Mann (2001) state that apart from insects and caterpillars they also feed on “fruits, pollen and nectar”. This is also quoted in their account in Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (2020) where they add “probes flowers for nectar”.

Post 1.

I have previously written about my observations of the feeding behaviour of the Ruby-cheeked Sunbird, see Amar-Singh HSS (2010). In that article I noted that “…. I have yet to observe a Ruby-cheeked Sunbird feeding on nectar, even though many flowering plants were present in some of the locations observed. Arthropods, insects, caterpillars and larvae form the major part of the species’s diet. The birds are especially fond of spiders and will go to great lengths to find them. Not many guides mention them taking fruits, but I have observed that fruits do play an important part of their diet particularly when feeding young.”

I have identified quite a number of nests over the years (another yesterday) and observed the feeding of chicks (nestlings) as well as fledglings and adults. I would like to offer an update in their feeding behaviour. Both adults participate in feeding of juveniles.

Post 2.

Adults

Adults have a preference for insects, particularly spiders. They will explore curled leaves, look under foliage and inspect spiderwebs. I have seen them take spiders, ants, aphids, larvae and caterpillars. I often think of them as true “spiderhunters”. I have also observed them feeding on fruit which include Macaranga bancana, Blue Mahang (Macaranga heynei), Giant Mahang (Macaranga gigantea), Rough Trema (Trema tomentosa), arils and seeds of the Acacia mangium, Ficus benjamin and two other small unidentified berries.

Fledged Juveniles

I have observed juveniles out of the nest self-feed on spiders, caterpillars and other insects, as well as being fed by adults’ animal prey. I have also observed fruit fed to juveniles in particular Rough Trema (Trema tomentosa, tiny fruit) and ficus fruit (given piece-meal), see Amar-Singh HSS (2019).

Chicks (Nestlings)

Much of the prey brought to juveniles in the nest (numerous nests observed) are small insects, larvae and caterpillars. On this occasion I also saw animal prey – Post 3 shows a larva taken from curled leaf. In addition I saw three different types of fruit fed to chicks yesterday. Two were unidentified berries (Post 1 and the berries on the tree in Post 3). The third was the small fruit of the Rough Trema (Trema tomentosa). I saw the male collect a number of the fruit in the beak to bring to the nest (Post 2).

Post 3.

References

  1. Wells, D.R. (2007). The birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula: Vol. 2 (Passarines). Christopher Helm, London.
  2. Robert A Cheke, Clive F Mann, Richard Allen (2001). Sunbirds: A Guide to the Sunbirds, Flowerpeckers, Spiderhunters and Sugarbirds of the World. Helm Identification Guides
  3. Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2020). Ruby-cheeked Sunbird (Chalcoparia singalensis). 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.
  4. Amar-Singh HSS (2010). Feeding habits and behaviour of the Ruby-cheeked Sunbird Chalcoparia singalensis in Perak, Malaysia. BirdingASIA 14: 46–51.
  5. Amar-Singh HSS (2014). Ruby-cheeked Sunbird – nest building. Bird Ecology Study Group. Available here: https://besgroup.org/2014/08/24/ruby-cheeked-sunbird-%E2%80%93-nest-building/
  6. Amar-Singh HSS (2019). Ruby-cheeked Sunbird feeding on Rough Trema fruits. Bird Ecology Study Group. Available here: https://besgroup.org/2019/03/06/ruby-cheeked-sunbird-feeding-on-rough-trema-fruits/

 

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

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve

Habitat: Trail along primary jungle

Date: 7th March 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

Yellow-bellied Prinia – plumage

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– plumage

After one of my Taiwan trips, I was keen to have a re-look at our local Prinias – Yellow-bellied Prinia (Prinia flaviventris rafflesi) . I met 4 pairs today at close quarters, all appeared to be breeding, and I was able to image/watch 3 well.

Post 1.

Post 1 & 2 are close-up images of an adult male and female. One feature I had not appreciated is the feathers around the eyelid margins; Wells 2007 says “eyelids margined by a single row of white feathers”. I would submit that there are not always white but can be buff; whether this is a breeding change, I am not able to say. Note also that the female (Post 2) has a well-defined “white supra-loral strip … confluent with the white eye-ring” (Wells 2007). This is the best feature in the field to distinguish from the male. Although Wells suggest that in males it is only a hint or absent, my experience is that many males a small white supra-loral strip is present.

Post 2.

Post 3 and 4 (composite) show a feature I had not read about in the guides/books. I noticed it today because birds were seen at very close range. All the males I saw had an indistinct, brownish upper breast or lower neck band. It was not very obvious but present, an dhad to be seen in the right posture and lighting. I have intentionally limited processing of the images so as not to accentuate it in anyway. In one bird (middle bird in Post 4 composite) it was lower down and almost confluent with the yellow belly (but most birds had it higher up). None of the females had this feature.

Post 3.

I looked at older images in my database and could spot it in some males. Looking at images online, there are hints of it in some birds. I wonder if I am imagining this and appreciate comments from others who have observed this bird well/closely. I wonder if it a breeding change, hence not always seen? I also considered a stain on the feathers but it is occurring in all males – unless it is from feeding juveniles in the nest and this part of the body is stained by the nest rim/margin?

Post 4.

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

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Secondary growth at fringe of city

Date: 1st February 2019

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

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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