Birding in Singapore


Every morning I am awakened by the beautiful call of the Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus). It is a member of the cuckoo family native to India, Sri Lanka, southern China and the Greater Sunda Islands. It does well in human habitation so its range is expanding. It arrived in Singapore in the 1980s and is now one of the most common sounds of the island. This male, the female is brown with white spots, was calling in the late afternoon.


This black-naped oriole (Oriolus chinensis) is common throughout Asia, arriving to Singapore in the 1920s and today is quite common. The specimen above perched on a neighbors television antenna the past two days right before sunset.


I spotted this Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus golavier) perching on top of the abandoned school across the street. It was the second one I saw in the neighborhood as its crest is distinctive. You can see only a bit of the yellow on its belly in this photo from behind. The bulbuls are a 134-species family I am learning about with my move to Asia. The brown-eared bulbul is one of the most common birds in Japan and I photographed a red-whiskered bulbul in Macao.



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