Albino birds

posted in: Morphology-Develop. | 5

Albino birds are rare but they do exist. This condition is the result of genetic mutation, whereby the pigment melanin is absent. And the absence of melanin means that the feathers are always white. In cases where some of the … Continued

Little Terns: Courtship behaviour

posted in: Courtship-Mating | 1

The breeding season of Little Terns (Sterna albifrons) in Singapore starts from May to end in July. The first step involves pairing, after which courtship begins. Typical courtship behaviour involves the male bird bringing fish to his mate. How the … Continued

Malaysian Plover 2: Nesting

posted in: Nesting, Waders | 1

Philip Tang has been stalking the elusive Malaysian Plover (Charadrius peronii) for the second year now. His mission is to record the nesting behaviour of this beautiful tiny bird. Originally designated locally as a rare resident, the bird is now … Continued

Malaysian Plover: The birds

posted in: Waders | 0

Philip Tang, an avid nature photographer, spent two years stalking the Malaysian Plover (Charadrius peronii), also known as Malaysian/Malayan Sandplover. He has successfully documented the birds’ breeding behaviour and is sharing his images and observations that will be posted here … Continued

Breeding Distraction: Lapwing and waterhen

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“During the breeding season, eggs, chicks and fledlgings are vulnerable to many predators, including man. In many species, parent birds will go to all lengths to protect their brood. The female drongo will pluck off her long racket-like feathers to … Continued

Little Terns: Foraging behaviour

posted in: Feeding strategy | 0

Terns are smallish birds with a prominent forked tail and sharply pointed wings. They are noisy and gregarious and prefer areas around water bodies, whether coastal, rivers or reservoirs. They feed mainly on fish and crustaceans, foraging over water to … Continued