Field Observations on the Rufous-fronted Babbler Cyanoderma rufifrons poliogaster

The Rufous-fronted Babbler (Cyanoderma rufifrons poliogaster) is aptly described as unobtrusive by Wells (2017) and there is limited information on the species in our region. Having observed a number of these babblers in 2022, especially in the past few weeks, … Continued

Update on Diet and Foraging Behaviour of the White-bellied Erpornis Erpornis zantholeuca

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The White-bellied Erpornis (Erpornis zantholeuca) is not commonly seen and Wells (2017) lists it as “near-threatened bordering on vulnerable” in the peninsular. I see the bird occasionally in the lowland jungle, often with other birds in a mix foraging party. … Continued

Less Common Calls of the Black-and-yellow Broadbill (Eurylaimus ochromalus)

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Many of us would be familiar with the classical calls of the Black-and-yellow Broadbill (Eurylaimus ochromalus). Wells (2007) describes this call as “the loud advertising call, given by both sexes, is a sustained, rattling trill, accelerating up to scale to … Continued

Nesting of the Chestnut-winged Babbler Cyanoderma erythropterum

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This short note is to summarise observations of the Chestnut-winged Babbler (Cyanoderma erythropterum) nesting. Understanding regarding the breeding biology of this babbler is limited.  Wells (2007) offers the most detailed account and describes nests as “sited in a tangle of … Continued

Black and Golden Cicada, Huechys fusca mating

Soh Kam Yung spotted the seldom seen Black and Golden Cicada (Huechys fusca) at Upper Seletar Reservoir Park on 11 July 2022. He was delighted to have encountered a mating pair too. On iNaturalist: – https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/125754306 – https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/125754277 References: 1. … Continued

Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker (Prionochilus percussus ignicapilla) with animal prey

The Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker (Prionochilus percussus ignicapilla) is considered an “obligate frugivore” (Wells 2007). Cheke and Mann (2001) describe the diet as fruit and possibly nectar and pollen of mistletoes (Loranthaceae). Food items identified by Wells (2007) includes the fruit of Melastoma … Continued