Common Ravens at play

posted in: Miscellaneous | 1

Corvids (crows, ravens, jays, nutcrackers and magpies) exhibit the most complex play behaviour. The Common Ravens (Corvus corax), the largest of the corvids, exhibit play catching, flight play, bathing play, vocal play, hanging, games, allospecific interactions, sliding and snow-romping. As … 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

Sleeping nocturnal beauties

posted in: Owls, Roosting | 3

There are 23 SE Asian species of typical owls that befit the description of nocturnal birds with rounded heads, large forward-facing eyes circumvented by feathered facial discs. Their plumage mostly brown and cryptically patterned, they hunt by night and roost … Continued

Birds mobbing snakes

posted in: Interspecific | 6

Birders are familiar with the mobbing behaviour of birds, especially when it is directed at raptors and owls (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). However, they are less familiar with birds mobbing non-avian predators. There are enough reports in the avian … Continued