Red-breasted parakeet family at Pasir Ris Park, Singapore

Red-breasted parakeets, Psittacula alexandri, have been feral in Singapore since 1943.  They originate from Northern Peninsula of Malaya and have been recorded to be nesting successfully since the 1980s. Parakeets are zygodactylous, that is, they have 2 toes pointing forward … Continued

White-throated Kingfisher – nesting

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Quite a number of White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis perpulchra) are breeding in the city and using man-made holes, especially blocked drainage holes. Note mud-stained beak in the above image. We wonder if, after some generations, they will have impaired abilities to … Continued

Baya Weaver – female inspecting nest

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A female Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus infortunatus) inspecting a partially constructed nest (early helmet stage) with the male watching anxiously, hoping to be accepted (below). The brood chamber is on the right and the entrance hole on the left. Only when … Continued

Crested Goshawk – nesting behaviour

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I saw a Crested Goshawk (Accipiter trivirgatus) building a nest today. Disclosure: I saw this nest building activity from some distance with only handheld photography and a long lens (150-600mm x 1.5 DX format), with no flash. I kept my … Continued

Baya Weaver: Do females assist in nest building?

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In having observed numerous Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus infortunatus) males build their remarkable nests. I ask myself “do females assist in nest building?” Males usually build nests until the helmet stage. At this time they advertise to females by flapping … Continued

Asian Glossy Starling – unique nest site

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Some Asian Glossy Starlings (Aplonis panayensis strigata) were nesting in cave temple statues. What a great, aesthetic location to nest but I doubt the birds were aware.   Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr) Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia   Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia … Continued