Introducing the Visual Guide to Singapore Raptors
Our new, comprehensive Visual Guide to Singapore Raptors will be your best friend as you scan the skies. In this guide, we have plates individually capturing each of Singapore’s 25 (as of writing) non-vagrant raptors, meaning every raptor species which appears more or less annually has its own page, including all residents. The remaining species are also illustrated on a smaller page. We also highlight the other migratory birds which are often seen from raptor watch sites like Henderson Waves on a separate panel.
Sand plovers in Singapore: two species or three?
Might Singapore have three species of sand plover? It might seem an odd question – we usually only mention the Lesser Sand Plovers, which are pretty common, with the rare Greater sometimes turning up. What’s the third one then?
FLY201: An overview of brown flycatchers in Muscicapidae
This article focuses on distinguishing the different groups (or genera) of flycatchers within the family Muscicapidae—Muscicapa, Ficedula, Cyanoptila, and Cyornis. Once you are able to tell apart the different genera, it will help narrow down the possible choices and pin down the species!
FLY101: Identifying Little Brown Jobs of the genus Muscicapa in Singapore
Out of the 26 extant flycatchers that belong to the genus Muscicapa, 6 have been recorded in Singapore during the migratory season. In an easily digestible fashion, FLY101 sheds light on the various features to differentiate these flycatchers.
RAP201: How to Identify Uncommon Raptors
Your handy raptor identification guide is back with a second installment – RAP201: How to Identify Uncommon Raptors! This article will cover seven species that migrate through Singapore in relatively low numbers: Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus), Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo), Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus), Booted Eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus), Black Kite (Milvis migrans), Greater Spotted Eagle […]
PIPIT101: Identifying Singapore’s First Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis
Written by Richard White, infographic by Keita Sin Editing by Martin Kennewell, Keita Sin, Sandra Chia, & Dillen Ng The birding community was presented with an identification challenge today with the arrival of a vagrant pipit species. These small, brown, streaky birds can be difficult to identify at the best of times. An unfamiliar, out […]
RAP101: How to Identify Common Raptors
The peak of Singapore’s raptor migration will soon be upon us. From October to December, large numbers of migratory raptors will pass through Singapore, as they move from their breeding grounds in temperate northeast Asia to tropical southeast Asia (Bildstein, 2006). This constitutes autumn migration, where birds migrate southwards to avoid frigid winters in their […]
Measurements of the 23 June 2021 Wedge-tailed Shearwater in Bishan
Pelagic birds are rather scarce in Singapore, so news of the grounded Shearwater found at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park on 23 June must have caught everybody by surprise. The bird was originally found by a passer-by below a HDB block in the area and then transported to the park. It was later spotted by William […]