Birding in Singapore


My sister-in-law lent me her camera and so I will try to take some photos of the local wildlife. There is a noisy flock of rose-ringed parakeets (Psittacula krameri) living in the neighborhood. They are native to Africa and India but due to its ability to thrive in urban environments, escaped pets are establishing themselves all over the world, including Singapore. We all enjoy watching this female (left) and male (right) play with each other every morning on the antennae on the neighbor’s apartment.


The Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus) is likely the most common bird in Singapore. They are native to Java (hence the name) and Bali, but are established here similar to the rose-ringed parakeets. I photographed them at the local market where they scavenge on the leftover food on trays from the tables and carts. They are quite bold, allowing people to approach them up to a meter.


This grey heron (Ardea cinerea) was hunting in the tidal mud flats near Pulau Ubin, a small island in the Singapore Strait, near the airport. They established a population here in 1983. They are quite common in Osaka so I was not that excited to see them. I plan on photographing more birds during my stay.





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