Crimson sunbird mother and babies

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Crimson sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja)

The 2 chicks in the untidy nest.
The crimson sunbird chicks waiting patiently in the nest.

 

The mother bird at the nest.

 

The chick on the left has reddish feathers in the throat area.

 

View of 2 crimson sunbird chicks in their nest.

 

Another view of the 2 sunbird chicks in their nest.

 

Male crimson sunbird visited chicks briefly.

 

Linda Teh was at Thomson Nature Park, Singapore on 29/6/21 and noticed a sunbird nest in the ladies’ washroom.  The mother bird brought food to the babies and it was difficult to identify the species as female sunbirds are drab looking and quite similar looking.  On 6/7/21 a friend informed Linda that it was a crimson sunbird nest.  Linda went back to the spot and waited for hours to capture the father in photos but the guy just dropped in and flew off.  The lighting was dim but the father still showed his face for the world to see. Father is pulling his weight in child rearing.

The two chicks fledged on 7/7/21 early in the morning.

 

Article by K~LW

All photo credits belong to Linda Teh.

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.

Sunda pangolin mother and baby

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Sunda Pangolin

(Manis javanica)

 

The Sunda Pangolin is also known as the Malayan or Javan pangolin. They are mammals of the order Pholidota (meaning clad in scale). They are now critically endangered because of poaching and destruction of their natural habitats. The animals play the important ecological role of controlling termite and ant populations in the forests.

Its body is covered by overlapping plates of large, hard scales with sharp edges. These are made of keratin, similar to our fingernails. Its big and powerful claws easily tear into ant nests and termite mounds. Its long and sticky tongue is then unleashed into the broken down nest to collect ants/termites. These are swallowed whole, since pangolin has no teeth. The hard exoskeletons of ants / termites are ground down in the pangolin’s muscular, spikey gizzard which contains small stones (gastroliths).

Pangolin’s strong claws and prehensile tail help it to climb trees where it spends a large part of its life.

When threatened it curls up into a ball (Volvation).  The overlapping scales on its back act as an armor to protect the soft under-belly.  Its vulnerable face and snout are tucked under its thick tail. The baby pangolin also curls into a ball in the face of danger. The mother will then tuck the baby ball into her tummy fold. The mother can also extend her scales and move them back and forth to create cutting motions to fight off the predator.

Pangolins can also burrow down into the ground (up to 10 feet deep) to sleep during the day.

They are nocturnal, reclusive and solitary. The males mark their territories with urine / faces / chemical from their anal glands. The noxious scent from the anal glands is similar to those of skunks. The males use it as a warning signal to other males or to attract a mate. Mothers also use this stink to ward off predators while nurturing her young.

The females look for the males once a year to mate and produce a litter of one to two offspring. She has one pair of mammae which she uses to suckle her young for three months. The newborn animal has open eyes and soft scales with protruding hairs between them.

Pangolins are also known to be able to swim. They fill their stomach with air to improve buoyancy before entering the water.

 

Article by Wong Kais

The pangolins were sighted at Old Upper Thomson Road, Singapore on 29 August 2021 at 11.30 pm. Video courtesy of

Dr Francis Seow-Choen

Honorary Research Associate, Sabah Forestry Department, Sabah, Malaysia

Honorary Research Affiliate, Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, Singapore

Honorary Research Associate, National Biodiversity Centre, National Parks Board, Singapore

More on birds feeding on Bridelia tomentosa fruits

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A recent post on birds feeding on fruits of Bridelia tomentosa and their images can be seen HERE. The images however were incomplete. Subsequent visits were made to this same forest to photograph birds that were missed out earlier. Among these was the Cream-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus simplex).

         Cream-vented Bulbul

A number of Greater Green Leafbirds (Chloropsis sonnerati zosterops) were photographed actively feeding on the Bridelia tomentosa fruits. There was no competitive feeding with the Lesser Green Leafbirds (Chloropsis cyanopogon). Many Asian Fairy Bluebird (Irena puella malayensis) were also present.

Greater Green Leafbird

Gold-whiskered Barbet (Megalaima chrysopogon laeta) feeding on the Bridelia tomentosa fruits often had to reach down to get fruit. Surprisingly other barbet species were absent.

Gold-whiskered Barbet

A pair is Chestnut-winged Babbler (Stachyris erythroptera erythroptera) were often foraging and calling in the undergrowth at the base of the Bridelia tomentosa trees, allowing for views.

Chestnut-winged Babbler

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

February 2021

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

Habitat: Primary forest

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

 

 

 

 

Plume-toed Swiftlet collecting nesting materials

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Saw Plume-toed Swiftlet (Collocalia affinis), also known as Glossy Swiftlet or Western Glossy Swiftlet, collecting nesting material from the Silvergrass (Miscanthus) flowering heads (below).

This swiftlet was also seen collecting leaves of the Geijera parviflora (introduced Australian Willow, also known as Wilga). Material was collected with the beak (below).

Previous observations on nesting materials collection:

  1. Twice seen collecting strands from creepers
  2. Once collecting fibre from Livistona chinensis palms
  3. Three times stealing material from Baya Weaver nests (HERE)
  4. Once harvesting aerial roots from epiphytes plants growing on trees.
  5. Once collecting the bark of an Albizia saman (Rain Tree) – stripping off strands of bark.
  6. Once collecting the ‘needles’ of a Casuarina tree (possibly Casuarina equisetifolia)
  7. Once collecting fine roots of tree orchids
  8. Leaves of the Geijera parviflora (introduced Australian Willow, also known as Wilga)
  9. A number of episodes of birds collecting dried bracken leaves (Dicranopteris linearis) – this is the commonest nesting material I have seen collected.

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

4th March 2021

 

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

Habitat: Fringe of primary forest

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-rumped Munia feeding on bamboo seeds

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A few White-rumped Munias (Lonchura striata subsquamicollis) were seen feeding on bamboo seeds – their commonest food source. This was at the fringe of the Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, a primary forest in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

18th February 2021

 

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

Habitat: Fringe of primary forest

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

 

Giant Mahang: a new food source for Baya Weavers and other birds that also feed on these fruits

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I saw two Baya Weavers (Ploceus philippinus infortunatus) feeding on the fruits of a Giant Mahang (Macaranga gigantea) that was located at the fringe of primary forest. The fruits of the Giant Mahang attracts many birds and mammals. This is the first time I have seen Baya Weavers feeding on its fruits. The Giant Mahang is a towering tree when fully grown at 15-20 meters with a spreading crown.

Baya Weaver feeding on Giant Mahang fruits

Grey-breasted Spiderhunter feeding on Giant Mahang fruits

Birds that I have personally observed feeding on the Giant Mahang fruits 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. Sooty Barbetm (Caloramphus 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. Scaly-Breasted Bulbul (Pycnonotus squamatus)
16. Asian Fairy Bluebird (Irena puella malayensis)
17. Greater Green Leafbird (Chloropsis sonnerati zosterops)
18. Blue-winged Leafbird (Chloropsis cochinchinensis moluccensis)
19. Green Iora (Aegithina viridissima)
20. Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus divaricatus)
21. Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis musicus)
22. Orange-headed Thrush (Zoothera citrina)
23. Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis strigata)
24. Lesser Cuckooshrike (Lalage fimbriata)
25. Mugimaki Flycatcher (Ficedula mugimaki)
26. Yellow-rumped Flycatcher (Ficedula zanthopygia)
27. Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica)
28. Green-backed Flycatcher (Narcissus Flycatcher, Ficedula narcissina elisae)
29. Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassinus thalassoides)
30. Hume’s White-eye (Zosterops auriventer)
31. Grey-breasted Spiderhunter (Arachnothera modesta)
32. Spectacled Spiderhunter (Arachnothera flavigaster)
33. Yellow-eared Spiderhunter (Arachnothera chrysogenys chrysogenys)
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
40. Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus infortunatus)

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
24th August 2021

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Fringe of primary forest
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

Courtship behaviour of the Thick-billed Green-Pigeon

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I was privileged to observe the courtship behaviour of a pair of Thick-billed Green-Pigeon (Treron curvirostra curvirostra). It was early morning after some rain, still overcast with some yellow light coming through altering image colours. The adult male started off by making their usual whistling, melodious, rambling call. The adult female at this point was on another branch. The male then started the courtship with lots of tail wagging and soft calls/sounds. I attempted a sound recording but the calls were very soft and hard to process with background interference; they sounded like two syllables ‘wo-wo’, repeated a few times. The male then flew over to where the female was and approached her with bowing movements (below).

The male then proceeded to do a curious titubation or head bobbing. This went on for a short while and then the female joined in (below). I suspect this was the acceptance stage when the female also bobbed her head together with the male. There is data that nodding is part of the courtship display in pigeons. In between, the male chased off another male that was nearby. I tried a quick handheld video as getting equipment from the car and setting up would have meant losing the observation.

The brief video showing the curious head bobbing is here: HERE

I planned to do better recordings but the pair flew away immediately as their courtship was interrupted by a Crested Goshawk (Accipiter trivirgatus) attack that fortunately failed.

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
1st March 2021

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Broken primary forest with secondary growth
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

Buffy Fish-Owl seen during the day

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Saw this Buffy Fish-Owl (Ketupa ketupu ketupu) sitting over a river on two occasions in the middle of the morning. Wonder if any foraging for fish was happening.

Note: An earlier post reports a Buffy Fish-Owl seen almost daily at Singapore’s offshore island of Sentosa from early morning to late evening most of February 2007 – see https://besgroup.org/2007/03/11/portrait-of-an-owl-buffy-fish-owl/

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
21st February 2021

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Primary forest
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

An Asian Fairy Bluebird, a Blue-throated Bee-eater and a pair of  Chestnut-winged Babbler and …

Five Asian Fairy Bluebirds (Irena puella malayensis) were seen eating the fruits of Bridelia tomentosa. Managed to photograph a female – failed to photograph any earlier HERE. A spiderhunter also came to feed but left immediately due to my presence – looked like a Thick-billed Spiderhunter (no images).

A female Asian Fairy Bluebird on a branch of the Bridelia tomentosa

A Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis) was photographed with a cicada between its mandibles. This is an uncommon prey. Usually this bird takes dragonflies and butterflies.

Blue-throated Bee-eater caught a cicada.

A pair of Chestnut-winged Babbler (Stachyris erythroptera erythroptera) was foraging and calling in the undergrowth at the base of the Bridelia tomentosa trees, allowing for views.

Chestnut-winged Babbler.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

February 2021

 

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

Habitat: Fringe of primary forest

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

 

Birds feeding on the fruits of Bridelia tomentosa

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Bridelia tomentosa is one of the best forest shrubs or small trees for birds. When fruiting, it attracts flowerpeckers, sunbirds, barbets, bulbuls and many other species. The fruit is 4.5-6.5mm in diameter, greenish when unripe and to bluish-purple when ripe.

Birds seen on this occasion are shown below. Unfortunately I failed to photograph the following species eating the fruits: Asian Fairy Bluebird Irena puella malayensis, Cream-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus simplex and Cinereous Bulbul Hemixos cinereus.

Lesser Green Leafbird Chloropsis cyanopogon

Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker Prionochilus percussus ignicapilla

Olive-winged Bulbul Pycnonotus plumosus plumosus

Red-eyed Bulbul Pycnonotus brunneus brunneus

Black-headed Bulbul Pycnonotus atriceps atriceps

Buff-vented Bulbul Iole charlottae crypta

Yellow Vented Bulbul Pycnonotus goiavier analis

Gold-whiskered Barbet Megalaima chrysopogon laeta

 

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

15th February 2021

 

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

Habitat: Fringe of primary forest

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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