Birding Singapore

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The only bird-related activity I can think of is looking at bird photos I took in Singapore in 2015, and adding some irrelevant comments to them. Presumably, birds living in Singapore do not understand German. In Singapore, Common Redshanks mostly drink Tiger Beer.

Birds of Malaysia – Covering Peninsular Malaysia, Malaysian Borneo and Singapore

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And the very best and the most up-to-date field guide is “Birds of Malaysia – Covering Peninsular Malaysia, Malaysian Borneo and Singapore”, the 2020 Lynx and BirdLife International Collection guide by Chong Leong Puan, Geoffrey Davison and Kim Chye Lim.

Yellow Bitterns in Singapore

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One bird that is easily encountered in Singapore without venturing too far off the beaten track is the Yellow Bittern. The Yellow Bittern is often overlooked by visitors to many of the parks and gardens in Singapore. Visiting Gardens by the Bay is on most visitors to Singapore itinerary, even if they are only there for a few days. Singapore Botanic Garden is also a good location for Yellow Bittern. The post Yellow Bitterns in Singapore appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

Birding Singapore Sports Hub

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One of the best features about Singapore is the fact that wherever you go there are birds. Admittedly we did not go into the downtown area once during our three week stay, but wherever there are trees there are birds and Singapore is a green city. Another really good feature of Singapore is the excellent public transport system. We were staying close to the Singapore Sports Hub , so we would walk there, but you can easily get there on the MRT. Singapore Otters.

Munia in Singapore

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During our three weeks of birding in a variety of habitats around Singapore we encountered three species of Munia. The Munia in Singapore are also seed eaters like our finches and mannikins in Australia. The area is popular with birders and photographers and most tourists will visit the gardens during their visit to Singapore. The final and third of the Munia species that we observed in Singapore were the White-headed Munia. Birding Munia Singapore

Pasir Ris Park-Singapore

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Our first destination for observing birds in Singapore during our three week visit in March was Pasir Ris Park. It would be a great location to visit if you only had a few hours in Singapore and wanted to go beyond the airport to go bird watching. We started our Singapore bird list at Pasir Ris and leaving the train station we were delighted to see several Cattle Egrets on the grass and several photographers. The post Pasir Ris Park-Singapore appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

Birding Pulau Ubin-Singapore

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Pulau Ubin is a small island off the north-east coast of Singapore that is easily reached by a small boat from the Changi Point Ferry Terminal. It is illegal to feed wild animals, take animals, birds and insects and it is also illegal to release animals in Singapore. One bird species that we had hoped for during our visit to Singapore was the White-rumped Shama. The post Birding Pulau Ubin-Singapore appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding Pulau Ubin Singapore

Sunda Pygmy Woodpeckers in Singapore

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During our three weeks of bird-watching in Singapore we didn’t only encounter large birds like the Asian Openbill and the Oriental Pied Hornbill. The trees are so tall in Singapore that it could be challenging looking high up into the canopy, but the Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker was mostly found on the trunks and branches. We were very fortunate on our visit to Singapore that we were able to observe the Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker almost daily.

White-breasted Waterhens in Singapore

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White-breasted Waterhens- Amaurornis phoenicurus phoenicurus are a bird species that you can easily find in Singapore in many locations. Apparently in years gone by the White-breasted Waterhen was eaten in Singapore. Thankfully their population is stable nowadays and they can be seen widely across Singapore. The post White-breasted Waterhens in Singapore appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding Singapore White-breasted Waterhen

Blue-winged Pitta in Singapore

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During our three weeks of birding in Singapore we spent many hours on forest trails. The most reliable place we found for observing Blue-winged Pittas in Singapore was at Windsor Nature Park. It must be one of the most photographed Blue-winged Pittas in Singapore! If you get a chance to go birding in Singapore you need to keep an eye out in the forests for the odd flash of blue among the leaf litter! Birding Blue-winged Pitta Singapore

White-throated Kingfishers in Singapore

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Singapore is a great location for observing Kingfishers and there are several species to observe. Our first encounter with a White-throated Kingfisher in Singapore in March was at Gardens by the Bay , but it was a brief observation in poor light. We also observed the White-throated Kingfisher at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The post White-throated Kingfishers in Singapore appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding Singapore White-throated Kingfisher

White-crested Laughingthrush in Singapore

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During our three weeks of birding in Singapore in March we were surprised that we did not encounter White-crested Laughingthrush – Garrulax leucolophus more often. If you are heading to Singapore in search of White-crested Laughingthrush it appears that Kent Ridge Park is one of the more reliable places to go looking for them. The post White-crested Laughingthrush in Singapore appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding Singapore White-crested Laughingthrush

Birding the Changi Business Park-Singapore

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When we decided to go to see what bird species there were in the undeveloped areas at Changi Business Park we encountered several species of bird that we did not observe anywhere else in Singapore. Another bird species that we did not encounter anywhere else in Singapore was the Green Imperial Pigeon. This was another bird species that we did not encounter at any other location in Singapore. As with anywhere in Singapore, it is easy to access by public transport.

Layover in Singapore

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Let’s take Singapore’s Changi International Airport as an example; it is a huge hub airport with large numbers of people passing through in transit to Australia, Indonesia and south-east Asia. A taxi from the airport to Singapore Botanic Gardens could cost S$20 – 30 depending on traffic, so bring at least S$60 ( Exchange rate calculator ). Taxi v SMRT – The SMRT is the excellent, clean, safe, reliable, cheap transport system of Singapore.

Nesting Oriental Pied Hornbills in Singapore

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On our recent visit to Singapore we had hoped that we would be able to observe Oriental Pied Hornbills and we were very lucky during our visit. They had been in decline in Singapore and until a few years ago there had been artificial nest boxes installed at various locations. She was sealed in on the day we arrived in Singapore and she was still sealed in on the day we left three weeks later. Birding Oriental Pied Hornbills Singapore

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Finding an Asian Openbill in Singapore-second ever record!

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We have just returned from an incredible three weeks in Singapore, where unlike many others who visit the country we spent the whole time in nature parks, forests and gardens observing birds. Most people in Singapore were photographing birds, so we did rather stand out as we walked for hours each day wearing binoculars and carrying a small camera! We travelled to Singapore from Broome overnight on 5th March arriving in the early morning of the 6th March.

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Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park and Lower Peirce Reservoir-Singapore

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During our three week visit to Singapore in March we spent a good part of each day walking and birding. No doubt they are often overlooked or mistaken for a small bird if you observe them in the distance flying through the dense canopy in Singapore. We had learnt from signs over the days we had been in Singapore that they have a problem with people dumping unwanted pets and we presume this to be the case in the reservoir.

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Sungei Buloh – Singapore’s Finest Wetlands

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SINGAPORE, DECEMBER 2012 – Ask any birder where you should go birding in Singapore and the short list will always include Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve , this city-state’s finest wetlands. Since I was in Singapore in winter, Sungei Buloh seemed like the best place to kick off my introduction to Southeast Asian avifauna. This presented the perfect opportunity to become acquainted with Singapore’s common birds. Trips Asia features Singapore sungei bulo

Central Catchment Nature Reserve Singapore

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The Central Catchment Nature Reserve in Singapore is a huge area that covers over 2,000 hectares of forest. As with many of the nature reserves in Singapore they do tend to be busier on Sundays and also close to the car-parks, but beyond that you can walk alone in the forest. You can see the birds that were seen at this location for the first time during our Singapore trip here. This bird species was encountered in the parks and gardens in Singapore as well as the forests.

Pink-necked Green Pigeon

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Singapore is sweltering its way through the monsoon. Birding Birds Pink-necked Green Pigeon SingaporeHeat and rain! Western Palearctic constitutions were not designed for these conditions, but here be Pink-necked Green Pigeons! The forest of theCentral Catchement Area is always a good place to find them, but they are common wherever there are fruiting trees.

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Unethical Photographers Bait Critically Endangered Eagles

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Charlie is an amateur nature photographer from Singapore who has been birdwatching for close to 15 years now. Recently, a group of nature photographers were spotted using live fish to bait a family of Grey-headed Fish Eagles in Singapore, where the species is listed as Critically Endangered, with only about 12-18 breeding individuals left in the wild. Conservation bird photography ethics Singapore10,000 Birds readers love terrific bird photography but hate bird abuse.

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City Hornbills

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Then, on a recent visit to Pulau Ubin in Singapore, I actually managed to get a few shots of a pair of Oriental Pied Hornbills checking out a potential nesting hole in a massive tree. The Oriental Pied Hornbills are pretty special, as they represent a recolonization of Singapore of this family. As Singapore continues to green will hornbills continue to spread back through the city? Birds behaviour Borneo breeding hornbills Singapore

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Heliconia Walk

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In Singapore, there is a small corner of the Botanical Gardens that I love to visit. I visited Singapore recently and passed on my customary visit to the gardens, so today’s post is an indulgence on my part. Birding Olive-backed Sunbird Singapore Sunbirds There is a grassy bank overlooking a lake and beds of vibrant Heliconia flowers.

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White-crested Laughingthrush

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The scene that unfolded in Kent Ridge Park in Singapore was quite gruesome to watch. Birds Singapore White-crested Laughingthrush Apologies to amphibian-lovers everywhere. A pair of Whit e-crested Laughingthrushes , Garrulax leucolophus, had found a frog in the moistness of the shade behind a line of trees.

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A Few Kingfishers

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Ruddy Kingfisher (Singapore, Nov 2015). Stork-billed Kingfisher (Singapore, Nov 2015 and Taman Negara, Malaysia, Nov 2019). White-throated Kingfisher (Delhi and Mumbai, India, Feb and Apr 2019; Nabang, China, Mar 2017; Singapore, Nov 2015).

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Yellow Bittern

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Yellow Bitterns ( Ixobrychus sinensis ) showed strongly during a recent trip to Singapore and on occasion it would have been impossible to pose them any better than they were already doing themselves. My mistake was corrected by a couple in Singapore’s Botanical Gardens, but not before I had pointed it out to a couple of birdy tourists there. Birds Asia bitterns Singapore Yellow Bittern

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Not enough Woodpeckers

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The Greater Flameback (Singapore) would presumably also like to have another species to look down on … but the Lesser Flameback is more accurately named the Black-rumped Flameback (Delhi, India). The lack of a red forehead makes this a female Laced Woodpecker (Singapore).

Saving a White-bellied Sea Eagle

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Though it is a butterfly blog Butterflies of Singapore had a recent post about rescuing a White-bellied Sea Eagle that is worth a look. Check it out! Asides

Hornbills of Yunnan

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It can even be found in Singapore, a place that I have once heard being described as “Frankfurt with air conditioning” The Great Hornbill is much rarer. China is not that well-known for its hornbills, but in Yunnan province, on the border to Myanmar, some species can be found.

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Revenge Birding (Shanghai, early June 2022)

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In Singapore, a Tiger Shrike was observed casting a pellet after eating a large scarab beetle. This behavior is described in a paper covering pellet casting by many species in Singapore, including many non-owls.

Duncan’s 2015 List

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Lesser Whistling Duck ( Dendrocygna javanica ); Singapore Botanical Gardens, Singapore, 25 February. Red Junglefowl, ( Gallus gallus ); Pasir Ris, Singapore, 26 February. Milky Stork ( Mycteria cinerea ); Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore, 27 December. Yellow Bittern ( Ixobrychus sinensis ); Singapore Botanical Gardens, Singapore, 25 February. Brahminy Kite ( Haliastur indus ); Singapore Botanical Gardens, Singapore, 25 February.

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Two Birds

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Sunda Woodpecker (Singapore, Dec 2015). Here`s another entry in the category “Rejected topics for bird-related coffee table books”, following my recent “Blue Birds” post. With remarkable accuracy, each of the photos below shows exactly two birds.

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Wagler’s Pit-viper

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I was lucky enough to find a Wagler’s Pit Viper, Tropidolaemus wagleri in Singapore recently and it fair took my breath away. A viewing tower with 6 storeys has been constructed in the rainforest in the Central Catchment Area of Singapore (Google Earth Coordinates; 1°21’4.72″N 103°48’22.92″E ) and the snake was seen between the second and third stages, so it was possible to view it from different angles.

Herons and Egrets of Nanhui, Shanghai

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I have seen that myself in the Singapore Botanical Garden, though not in Shanghai. A few days ago, I saw a Yellow Bittern trapped in a fishing device. The bird got very nervous when I approached, trying to strike me with its beak through the net.

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“The 125 Best Bird Watching Sites in Southeast Asia”

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This guide describes the 125 best birding sites for both common and rare species, covering Myanmar, Thailand, Laos (officially Lao PDR), Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines and Timor Leste. Yong Ding Li is the vice-chair of the Southeast Asian Biodiversity Society and a committee member of the Nature Society (Singapore)’s bird group. The 125 Best Bird Watching Sites in Southeast Asia, edited by Yong Ding Li & Low Bing Wen.

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Pycnonotidae: A Critical Review

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… and the Olive-winged Bulbul (Singapore; eBird: “a large plain bulbul”). The reception of bulbuls in the ornithological world is decidedly mixed.

Pulling Birds at Panti Forest in Malaysia

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JOHOR, MALAYSIA, DECEMBER 2012 – If you’re traveling to Singapore for birding, you might want to think outside the box or, in this case, the island. Panti – yes, that’s what it’s called, so don’t get yours in a twist – Forest Reserve offers birds you can only find in tropical lowland dipterocarp rainforest, which Singapore no longer has. I can’t imagine birding Singapore without making a run to Panti Forest.

Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of December 2012?

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Because I’ll be birding Japan this weekend en route to Singapore! Nature lovers who love to travel know that few experiences are more enjoyable than preparation for a big trip. The mundane details that actually allow a trip to happen are tedious, but researching all those potential birds… huge fun! Your theoretical trip list will always be so much more extensive and exotic than your actual list. Who doesn’t love that feeling of endless possibility?

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Eye Level with a Whiskered Treeswift

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They are my newest family tick, when I picked up a Grey-rumped Treeswift flying high above Singapore Botanical Gardens in December last year. Treeswifts are funny little things. They’re swifts, only they aren’t, actually. When they were first described they were thought to be a link between the swallows and the swifts.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of December 2012)

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I’m headed to Singapore in a week with stops in Japan and I hope Malaysia. Nothing stirs this birder’s sense of excitement and adventure like the preparation involved in a trip to a new part of the world. Studying field guides, reading trip reports, and arranging meetings with local birders can be a process that takes more time than the trip itself, but makes the anticipation that much more delicious.

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Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago: Greater Sundas and Wallacea 2nd edition – A Field Guide Review

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Rheindt is a field ornithologist, former guide and currently Associate Professor and Dean’s Chair at the National University of Singapore, with a research focus on avian phylogenetics and conservation genetics. “Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago: Greater Sundas and Wallacea” by James A.

The A-Team

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I was just wondering about another topic for a post. Ideally, it should be one even less relevant than previous ones (like the one on wet birds, the one on blue birds, or the ones just showing birds eating or sleeping). Then I had an idea – a post based on birds starting with the same letter.

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