Mountain Leaf Warbler

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A smart little Mountain Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus trivirgatus parvirostris) with striking head markings. I wondered if this was a first year bird. Although the markings all look like an adult, including the bare parts, note the clear white patch at the belly (also seen in other views); Wells (2007) states that juveniles have a white belly.

However, I looked at all my older images and the belly is whitish even in adult birds that are nesting. Perhaps a feature not often noted.

Note that both the supercilium and median stripe broaden/widen as they progress posteriorly (Wells 2007).

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

Location: 1,700m ASL, Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia

Habitat: Trail through primary jungle

Date: 6th 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

Long-tailed Shrike – talons

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Three adult Long-tailed Shrikes (Lanius schach bentet) seen of which two were a pair.

Composite image of one with talons insert.


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

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Open fields limestone hills

Date: 28th 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

Large woodshrike delighted crowds at Chek Jawa, Singapore

Family: Vangidae

Name: Large Woodshrike (Tephrodornis gularis, also known as Tephrodornis virgatus)

Interesting snippets: The woodshrikes used to be placed with the shrikes (Family Laniidae) but is now placed in its own family. Shares many similarities with Laniidae members but are more variable in morphology, size and diet.

Photo 1. Tephrodornis gularis caught a lizard for its meal.

BESGroup is delighted to share Art Toh’s photographs of the Large woodshrike, Tephrodornis gularis (also known as Tephrodornis virgatus), taken on 3 April 2022 at Chek Jawa boardwalk. This is a very rare non-breeding visitor from India, China and South-East Asia. The only record of this bird’s presence in Singapore is from 22 October 2018 at the Jelutong Tower, MacRitchie Reservoir Park.

Art and birder friends Tang Choon Siang, Andy Lee and Herman Phua visited Pulau Ubin on Sunday 3 April 2022 to look for the Red Knot (Calidris canutus) that was spotted the day before. At Chek Jawa, Art Toh decided to look for the Red Knot at Frog Island (Pulau Sekudu) whilst the other three friends split up on the boardwalk to look for the Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike (Hemipus hirundinaceus) that had been sighted in the vicinity.

Tang Choon Siang saw a Brown Shrike that looked different and informed Art. Art peered through his lens and noticed that the bird was larger than a Brown Shrike. Art informed a big group of seasoned birders who were at the jetty then who soon made their way to join the four friends on the boardwalk. Lim Kim Chuah positively identified the bird as a Large Woodshrike.

The bird tripled the joys of the birders present by staying in the vicinity throughout the day, hunting and singing non-stop whenever it perched. The Large Woodshrike was observed to catch mostly caterpillars but caught a large lizard too. The bird remained in the vicinity throughout 4 April 2022 and 5 April 2022.

Another group of photographers who were at Pulau Ubin on 4 March 2022 were rewarded with the rare sighting of two Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike (Hemipus hirundinaceus).

Photo 2. Largewoodshrike perched high on a tree looking out for potential food prey.
Photo 3. Large Woodshrikes adopt wait-and-see strategy of catching prey.
Photo 4. Large Woodshrike documented attempting to catch a prey in midair.
Photo 5. Bird pursuing insect prey with speed. Photographer captured the exact moment when the bird shot through the air while in a stream-lined shape.
Photo 6. Large Woodshrike in the process of taking off from its perch.
Photo 7. The bird launched into its flight path.
Photo 8. Large Woodshrike in flight.

All photographs courtesy of Art Toh.

Article by Art Toh and Teo Lee Wei.


This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behaviour through photography and videography to a wider audience.


Find out more about the Large Woodshrikes by reading and


A photo gallery of Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike at Chek Jawa

Gan Lee Hsia, who spotted the Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike (Hemipus hirundinaceus) at the Chek Jawa Coastal Boardwalk on 4 April 2022, has kindly shared her photo documentation of the birds.  These birds are forest dwelling birds which perch on trees to look out for possible food flying in the air or on the ground. She has captured the birds in their natural environment and the photos instruct birders on the difficulty of spotting the birds. Only the very observant and experienced birders can spot them at first sight.

Photo 1.
Photo 2.
Photo 3.
Photo 4.
Photo 5.
Photo 6.
Photo 7.


Photos 1- 4 and 6 shows the bird perching on Acacia auriculiformis ( Earleaf Acacia or Northern Black Wattle).

Photos 5 and 7 shows the bird perching on an unidentified tree.

All photographs are attributed to Gan Lee Hsia.

Bat Hawk – nictitating membrane

posted in: birds, eyes, Raptors | 0

Post 1.

This was a totally unexpected find this morning in our neighbourhood. We had just return from cycling when my wife spotted the Bat Hawk (Macheiramphus alcinus alcinus) in our neighbourhood raptor-snagging-tree. It was unexpected as it was already 7.50am. I have seen these birds at the outskirts of the city, near limestone hills, but usually an early morning fly by. Unfortunately, no flight images but still a great treat to see it in some light.

Post 2.

The bird was harassed by one of our local Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis) that uses this perch. It made 6 fast swops with harsh cries to try and dislodge the raptor. But was sadly ignored and the Dollarbird left.

Post 3.

Of interest was that the Bat Hawk used its nictitating membranes much of the time (many images) to cover the eyes. I wondered whether the strong morning light was disturbing it? Or that was planning to roost there and this was a sleep behaviour? The nictitating membranes looked unusually thick and white, and looked almost opaque as in some owls. Some images of the of this membrane looked ghostly.

I had a busy day with errands and so had to limit observations, but noted that the bird had left by 8.25am.

Post 4.

A video made in an earlier encounter on 20th March 2018 (post 4) using Nikon P900 when the bird was perched at 7.30am (dark, overcast morning) can be viewed here: Itl constantly looked around, possibly for prey; did not attack passing swifts. Some preening in video. No calls heard.


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

Habitat: Urban city environment

Date: 18th November 2018

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



Hans Peeters of California, USA has this to say:

What a wonderful sighting! Good pictures of Bat Hawks are few and far between. The opaque eye covering, where present in these photos, is actually the lower eyelid: in the third picture of this post, you can actually see a part of the eye above the rim of the lid. As in other raptors, the eyelids are covered with a velvety nap, often white, but light grey in this species, as is, incidentally, the supraorbital shelf (which however is unfeathered). The actual nictitating membrane is inserted anterior to the eye.

Fine images. I tried hard to get a good look at them in Borneo but my photos don’t even approach the quality of your shots. By the way, we saw them catch a number of bats quite easily, and eat them whole in the air; but I would love to see them as close as you did.

Amar’s response:

Appreciate the information on eyelids. Still wonder if it was planning to rooster there in broad daylight? and got disturbed and left. Hope to see more in good light.

According to Krys Kazmierczak:

Nictitating membrane or eyelid? Looks like eyelid to me but not sure in these pix. The eyelid closes from top down. The nictitating membrane moves from inside to out.


Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike seen at Chek Jawa


Photo by Richard Lee. Black winged Flycatcher-shrike at Chek Jawa Coastal Boardwalk. 4 April 2022.


Richard Lee was at the Chek Jawa Coastal Boardwalk on 4 April 2022 and was rewarded with the sighting of the very rare non-breeding visitor, Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike (Hemipus hirundinaceus). This bird is often seen around the vicinity of Pulau Ubin. Gan Lee Hsia spotted two birds on 4 April 2022 between 9.10 am and 9.30 am.  One bird was sighted again at ~ 11.00 am  and the photographers who were at the location were rewarded with great photographic documentations of the bird. The bird was not sighted again in the afternoon on 4 April 2022.

Family: Vangidae

Interesting snippets: Found in the Malay Peninsula and Greater Sunda Islands and reside in forests, swamps and mangroves. It catches insects in the air and those hiding on the underside of leaves. They attach their cone-shaped nest to tree branches with the help of cobwebs. The nests are camouflaged with bark, lichen and natural fibres.

Another group of photographers who were also at Pulau Ubin spotted and documented the rare visitor, Large Woodshrike (Tephrodornis virgatus a.k.a. Tephrodornis gularis) on 3 April 2022.




This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behaviour through photography and videography to a wider audience.

Plain Tiger Butterfly (Danaus chrysippus) on host plant Stapelia

Kau Poh Moi observed some Plain Tiger Butterfly (Danaus chrysippus) caterpillars on a Stapelia plant.  The caterpillars were already at late instar stages when photographed.  They fed on the flower buds day and night.  After the adult butterflies emerged, they left their translucent and papery cocoons attached to the succulent stems of the plant.

Plant host: Stapelia

Family     : Apocyanaceae

Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae

Interesting snippets: Succulent plants that originate from South Africa. Some species have giant flowers that are 40 cm in diameter.   Also known as carrion flowers as they emit a slight foul odour when in bloom. This is a reproductive strategy similar to the Rafflesia spp. Flowers are hairy and star-shaped.  Popular as container plants and well-drained soils. Low-growing and generally lacking the long, sharp, spikes of succulents.


Butterfly  : Danaus chrysippus 

Family     : Nymphalidae

Subfamily: Danainae

Interesting snippers: Plain Tiger Butterflies are medium-sized with a wingspan of about 7 cm.  Common in Africa, India, Asia, Southern Europe and  parts of Australia. Larvae feed mostly on milkweeds ( formerly Asclepiadoideae, now Apocyanaceae) but will feed on Moraceae (figs) and Convolvulaceae (Ipomoea) as well. Adults feed on nectar from various flowers.

Young larvae are predated on by spiders, assassin bugs, cockroaches, ants and mantises. Adults are considered unpalatable as seen by their bright colours which serve as a warning to their predators  of their distasteful nature. Larvae which feed on milkweeds accumulate alkaloids which remain in the body of the adults and make them unpalatable to the predators.

Photo 1. A plain tiger caterpillar seen feeding on Stapelia flower at night.
Photo 2. Close-up view of a plain tiger butterfly caterpillar feeding on Stapelia flower.
Photo 3. Another close-up view of a plain tiger caterpillar feeding on Stapelia flower. The succulent stem of Stapelia is visible below the caterpillar.
Photo 4. Remains of a pupa of plain tiger butterfly still attached to host plant Stapelia. 
Photo 5. Another view of the translucent and papery pupa after the imago had eclosed.
Photo 6. A close-up view of the hairy surface of Stapelia flower bud.


Read by Roy Lim,  by YC Wee, by Khew Sin Khoon,  by Amar Singh HSS and Khew Sin Khoon and  by YC Wee.

All photographs courtesy of Kau Poh Moi taken at an apartment compound in Singapore.

Article by Teo Lee Wei.



Hume’s White-eye  – feeding

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A small flock of 20-25 Hume’s White-eye (Zosterops auriventer tahanensisbirds) was feeding on the fruit of the Macaranga heynei (Blue Mahang) and black seeds and orange stalks (arils) of the Acacia mangium trees; both favourite and regular foods.

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

Habitat: Fringe of primary forest

Date: 3rd December 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


White-eye for ID – Swinhoe’s White-eye?

posted in: birds, Identification | 2

I overlooked these White-eyes that I saw but had a closer look and would appreciate any support for ID.

I am very familiar with the Everett’s White-eye (Zosterops everetti tahanensis) and these birds are not Everett’s (now called Hume’s White-eye). I am trying to differentiate between Oriental White-eye (Zosterops palpebrosus auriventer) and Swinhoe’s White-eye or Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus). The added problem is what subspecies? See a discussion by D. R. Wells (2 papers) on ‘Zosterops white-eyes in continental South-East Asia’ in the British Ornithologists’ Club (available online) and an excellent summary by BirdLife International (references). All these recent splits will take time to digest.

Post 1.

Note also that Oriental White-eye (BESG report 2006) and Japanese White-eye (Wells 2007) populations in Singapore are from escaped birds (feral) populations that established breeding populations for decades. I say this as there is very little to separate coastal Johore Bahru from Singapore and birds can cross over easily.

Post 2.

Some key differentiating features from Wells (2007) are summarised in the table.

Feature Everett’s White-eye (Zosterops everetti tahanensis)

(should we be calling them Hume’s White-eye?)

Oriental White-eye (Zosterops palpebrosus auriventer) Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus) (?subspecies simplex)

(should we be calling them Swinhoe’s White-eye?)

Overall Darker, more green, less yellow Bright, lime green More grass green
Forehead (frontal band) & above lores Darker (green), lacks yellow Yellow Yellow
Median yellow streak on underparts Runs forwards from belly but does not reach yellow of upper breast Lacks median yellow stripe


Post 3.

These 5-6 birds I saw (Post 1-3) have a yellow frontal band and yellow above the lores and lack a decent median yellow stripe (very faint one in some birds). Hence I am inclined to think they are Swinhoe’s White-eye – formerly thought to be Japanese White-eye complex but recently genetic work shows that many of these birds in Singapore originate from mainland Asia (China, Taiwan, Vietnam) (Lim et al 2019).

Swinhoe’s White-eyes are not listed in the ‘Checklist of the birds of Malaysia Dec 2016, v2’. The location I saw these birds is just near the causeway to Singapore.


  1. Wells, D.R. (2007) The birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula: Vol. 2 (Passarines). Christopher Helm, London.
  2. Wells, D.R. (2017a) Zosterops white-eyes in continental South-East Asia. 1: proposed refinements to the regional definition of Oriental White-eye Z. palpebrosus. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club 137(2): 100-110.
  3. Wells, D. R. (2017b) Zosterops white-eyes in continental South-East Asia. 2: what is Zosterops auriventer Hume? Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club 137(2): 110-116
  4. BirdLife International. Archived 2019 topic: A re-evaluation of the species limits in Asian white-eyes Zosterops recognised-sangkar-white-eye-z-melanurus/
  5. Bryan T. M. Lim, Keren R. Sadanandan, Caroline Dingle, Yu Yan Leung, Dewi M. Prawiradilaga, Mohammad Irham, Hidayat Ashari, Jessica G. H. Lee, Frank E. Rheindt. (2019) Journal of Ornithology, Volume 160, Issue 1, pp 1–16


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

Location: Johore Bahru, Johore, Malaysia

Habitat: City garden very near the coast to Singapore

Date: 29th October 2018

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


Yellow-rumped Flycatcher – new food item and calls

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A new species to add to the birds seen feeding on the fruit of the Macaranga bancana. Saw a male and female Yellow-rumped Flycatcher Ficedula zanthopygia at the tree feeding actively. There was competitive feeding with other Flycatchers and other birds especially the Green-backed Flycatchers Ficedula elisae. Fruit is taken by aerial sallies or hover-snatching, returning to a new perch each time; hence hard to document. One image (below) showing the feeding attached (a dark image, rescued using Viveza 2 software from the Nik collection).
Interestingly the male Yellow-rumped Flycatcher was intermittently vocal – something I have not observed in the past (unlike Green-backed Flycatchers which often vocalise at migration sites). The calls were single notes uttered 1.5-2 seconds part. There appeared be another Yellow-rumped Flycatcher responding at times, perhaps the female.
Sonogram and waveform image attached (see above).
Call recording here:
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS – Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
31st March 2022

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:

  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…

  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?

  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!


  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 – 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:

    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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