birding-aus Singapore: What survey of nature reserves found

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Subject: birding-aus Singapore: What survey of nature reserves found
From: "Victor Yue" <>
Date: Fri, 25 Jun 1999 22:25:04 +0800
Hi folks,
Thought that some of you might be interested in this report from the Singapore's
Straits Times. I have extracted only the "Bird" portion in this posting.

What survey of nature reserves found

The populations of key bird species are down, and 26 mammal species are
threatened by extinction

FINDINGS from the survey of about 2,000 species of plants and animals in the




THERE are 207 bird species in the forests, up from earlier estimates of 171.

But the populations of all the key species are down, possibly because of
isolation, competition and in-breeding.

The 35 additions include the velvet-fronted nuthatch, never before identified in

Field surveys, carried out both in the day and night, recorded bird sightings
and calls.

At times, very fine "mist" nets were set up to catch the birds, which were
measured, photographed and released after identification rings were attached to
their legs to monitor them in future.



Victor Yue
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