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

White-bellied Sea Eagle: Fishing

posted in: Feeding-vertebrates | 3

The White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) is a great fishing bird. It sits quietly on a high perch near water and patiently waits. The moment it spots a fish swimming near the surface of the water nearby, it immediately takes … Continued

Koel confrontation

posted in: Intraspecific | 0

At around 6.30 pm on 10th March 2007 I heard the calling of the Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopacea) coming from my garden. Going out to check, I located a pair of male birds perching on a branch of my terap … Continued