My bird garden

posted in: Conservation, Plants | 3

My garden has been planted by birds – not totally, but partly. The birds brought the seeds and dropped them haphazardly. In most instances I allowed the plants to develop to maturity if they are not in the way of … Continued

Saraca and sunbirds

posted in: Feeding-plants, Plants, Sunbirds | 2

James Heng was at Lower Peirce in late January 2008 when he came across a sarcaca tree, possibly yellow saraca (Saraca thaipingensis), in full bloom: “There are about five pairs of Purple Throated Sunbirds (Nectariniua sperata) feeding voraciously on the … Continued

Save our albizia trees

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Albizia (Paraserianthes falcataria) trees have been in the local news since the recent spate of tree falls that resulted in a number of people being injured and even killed – locally as well as in neighbouring Malaysia. As a result … Continued

The bodh-tree at the Chinese Garden

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There is a bodh-tree (Ficus religiosa) at the entrance of the Chinese Garden in Jurong and it is figging. And a figging tree invariably attracts flocks of birds – not just birds of a feather but of different feathers. In … Continued

Hibiscus and nectar harvest

posted in: Plants, Sunbirds | 2

An image by Melinda Chan shows a male Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis) robbing nectar from a hibiscus flower by probing his bill through the base of the flower (left). Now why did the bird do that? The natural pollinator of … Continued

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