Koel and rain

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Cuckoos in folklore are known as weatherbirds. And in most continents they are known as “rainbirds” or ‘stormbirds” because they call incessantly early in the rainy season. Koels, being cuckoos, are similarly known as rain- or stormbirds. The call of … Continued

Black Baza rescue

posted in: Raptors, Rescue | 11

On 24th March 2007 Alex Koh had an exciting encounter around the block where he lived in Serangoon. He was walking when he saw something fell with a loud thud on the tarmac floor near him. It was a bird. … Continued

Avian “Alcatraz”

posted in: Illegal-Irresponsible, Pigeon-Dove | 1

While prospecting new birding sites for material opportunities to substantiate bird article writings, I came across a Malaysian kampong (village) in a rural area. It supports a small Malay community with traditional values, living the comforts of 20th Century semi-concrete … Continued

Sunbird’s plumage

posted in: Feathers-maintenance, Sunbirds | 1

Sunbirds exhibit sexual dimorphism. The males are usually colourful with their dazzling iridescent plumages while the females are generally drab looking and lack any striking patterns. The male of the Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja) is a spectacular looking bird with … Continued

Aerial display: Sea eagle and kite

posted in: Interspecific | 0

Raptors regularly show off their flying skills with fantastic aerial displays. Such displays may involve courtship, play or raw aggression. And one of the most common species indulging in such acrobatic displays is the White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster). If … Continued

Things crows use as nesting materials

posted in: Nests | 7

The nests House Crows (Corvus splendens) build are crude structures made up of interlocking twigs gathered from surrounding trees and shrubs. Together with these twigs are pieces of wires of various lengths and thickness picked up from around the area, … Continued

Subspecies of Red-breasted Parakeet

posted in: Parrots | 3

The Red-breasted Parakeet (Psittacula alexandri) is a feral resident that is currently getting more and more common and slowly replacing the Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri), another feral species, as well as the Long-tailed (Psittacula longicauda), a resident. The parakeet was … Continued