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?
Broadbills in Singapore
How many broadbills are there in Singapore? There are two ways to answer the question: there are multiple Black-and-red Broadbill individuals flying around, and there are two species currently on the Singapore Bird Checklist - Black-and-red and Green Broadbill. There actually also used to be three other species of Broadbills in Singapore historically.
Lesser Adjutants apparently nest building at Sungei Buloh
A recent visit to Sungei Buloh by Richard White & Goh Yew Lin yielded an interesting observation: the Lesser Adjutants were seen carrying sticks around - a behaviour typically associated with breeding. They were locally extirpated about 80 years ago, could they be making a come back?
Singapore’s first wild Black-headed Ibis
A Black-headed Ibis was found at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on 1 November 2022 by Art Toh. How was the bird identified? Was it wild or an escapee? In this article we share why the Singapore Bird Records Committee thinks that this is the first national record of a wild Black-headed Ibis.
The breeding season in Singapore
Different bird in Singapore nest at different times of the year, but did you know that their nesting seasons actually differ according to sunshine hours and feeding guild? Laura from the NUS Avian Evolution Lab shares with us her findings based on a thorough analysis of a large dataset.
How our migrant bar charts work
In a recent post, we covered the 'why' of our migrant bar charts – what motivated us to design a new way to present migration data? In this post, we will try to explain how our methodology works, and look at some examples of the algorithm in action.
Truly Singaporean Parrots: Queueing for the Good Stuff
Regardless of where you come from, you're missing out on the Singaporean experience if have you never "queued long long" for food before. And it seems that our locally found parrots know that too! Here are some intriguing observations on the feeding behaviour of three parrot species - Tanimbar Corella, Coconut Lorikeet and Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot. Article contributed by Muhammad Nasry.
Messages from the Cinereous and Streaked Bulbuls
The Cinereous Bulbul Hemixos cinereus and Streaked Bulbul Ixos malaccensis are both uncommon to rare species in Singapore. However, once in a while, they appear in numbers all across Singapore. What can we infer from these sightings?
Soaring all over Singapore: Himalayan Vultures in the 2021/2022 season
During the 2021/2022 winter season, Singapore experienced a record breaking number of Himalayan Vulture sightings. Could they actually all have been the same few birds just flying around the area? Read on to find out!
First occurrence of an Ashy-headed Green Pigeon in Singapore
Written by Yip Jen Wei with input from the Singapore Birds Records Committee Editing by Keita Sin, Dillen Ng, Raghav Narayanswamy, Sandra Chia, & Geraldine Lee In October 2021 a series of national firsts made landfall in Singapore in quick succession, the first of which was a male Ashy-headed Green Pigeon Treron phayrei. But unlike […]
Singapore Birds Database: A Digital Museum of Local Bird Information
~Record keeping with the future in mind~ By Sin Yong Chee Keita & Dillen Ng Summary The Singapore Birds Database contains an easy-to-use search interface that allows you to look up information on locally rare bird species More than 1000 records across over 160 species are now freely available to the public You can contribute […]
Singapore Avifauna records on eBird
By Raghav Narayanswamy For much of my first few years of birding in Singapore, I wondered how the data from earlier eras in local ornithology could be made available for more to benefit; if early dates and late dates, major hotspots, past trends in the local avifauna, among other useful information, could be compiled in […]
Extinction – what it means for birds in Singapore
Extinction is an evocative word, with some of the world’s most iconic birds such as the Dodo Raphus cucullatus and the Passenger Pigeon Ectopistes migratorius having achieved infamy for the dubious distinction of belonging to this category. Though the term often implies a sense of permanent loss, there are scenarios where extinction is not forever. […]
An Indonesian Archipelago Wishlist: Birds to Look Out For
The recent sighting of the Javan Plover Charadrius javanicus at a reclaimed site northeast of Singapore island was exciting yet unsurprising. Exciting because it was a first for Singapore and continental Southeast Asia that caught everyone off guard (then again, none of us are really prepared for megas!) and unsurprising because this is a species […]
Nesting Malaysian Plovers
By Goh Cheng TengEdited by Keita Sin & Lester Tan The Malaysian Plover Charadrius peronii is a small shorebird that inhabits coastal sandy areas and rocky shores. It is the only resident breeding plover in Singapore island and can be reliably found along the man-made seawall at Marina East. They are classified globally as Near […]
Rufous Barn Swallows in Singapore?
TLDR; There are several records of Barn Swallows with rufous underparts in Singapore Relationships between the different Barn Swallow subspecies are still being explored – we are uncertain of which subspecies the rufous birds seen in Singapore belong to In the meantime, please share your sightings if you come across any of these rarer migrants! […]
First breeding record of the Barred Eagle-Owl in Singapore Island
The Barred Eagle-Owl (Bubo sumatranus) is a relatively small eagle-owl that is found from southern Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and southwards to Indonesia. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland rainforests. It has also been reported in secondary growth, abandoned orchards, oil palm plantations and wooded gardens, showing its adaptability towards human encroachments. […]
Local extinctions of Singapore birds
There is an interesting paper recently published in the prestigious journal Conservation Biology by members of two National University of Singapore (NUS) labs titled “A robust non-parametric method for quantifying undetected extinctions” that came to our attention. In it, they presented a novel method of estimating undetected extinction, i.e. the type of extinction events that […]