Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera longirostra) from the Botanic Garden, now a 2015 UNISCO World Herritage Site.
The famous little red dot called Singapore is probably most well-known as a shopping paradise, or more negatively as a casino hub. But below the common perceptions a lot is happening, and if you are passing through and have a day or two you should really try to explore Singapore as a birding destination.
This Hooded Pitta (Pitta sordida) was observed in the middle of Singapore at the Botanic Garden! It is an uncommon winter visitor and passage migrant, normally in the period from late November to early April.
Some of my favourite locations are: –
Singapore Botanic Garden
Pasir Ris Park
Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve
One sub-adult and one adult White-Bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) playing at Singapore Quarry.
Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus) in African Tulip tree (Spathodea campanulata) at Lim Chu Kang
Male Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris convexus) feeding female in nesting hole, near the Istana no far from Orchard Road.
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) at Pasir Ris Park.
The Mangrove Pitta (Pitta megarhyncha) is the only resident pitta in Singapore, this individual was observed at Pulau Ubin.
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) from Botanic Garden.
The Olive-backed Sunbird (Nectarinia jugularis) is the most common sunbird in Singapore, here seen nesting in Mandai.
The Blue-winged Pitta (Pitta moluccensis) is an uncommon winter visitor between October and April. This individual was observed close to the Singapore Saddle Club.
According to the Avifauna of Singapore there are 439 bird species in Singapore – an impressive number and increasing!
Enjoy your stay in Singapore!