Some more wildlife in Singapore...and nearby coastal Malaysia

To: "Tom and Mandy Wilson" <>
Subject: Some more wildlife in Singapore...and nearby coastal Malaysia
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2011 10:18:21 +1000
Hi Tom,

Glad you enjoyed a bit of Singapore birding, it certainly provides surprisingly good birding for a city state. You might find the Singapore Nature Society's Bird Groups web site useful for planning other stays. It can be found at


Carl Clifford

On 11/07/2011, at 10:35 PM, Tom and Mandy Wilson wrote:

Hi all Nikolas Haass I too have just been in Singapore, but for work, so I perhaps had even less time than Nikolas had (current sunrise/sunset time is 7:15am/715pm or thereabouts, and with not much dawn/dusk twilight in the tropics, there wasn't much birdable time between usable daylight and starting work, and a bit at the end of the day). Monday morning I managed about 20 minutes in Fort Canning Park (the largest observable green space close to my hotel) but I didn't see a great deal apart from Mynas, House Crows, Magpie Robins and several very elusive sunbirds. Luckily, on Friday I came back early from an offsite, so was able to have between 5 and 7:45pm in the Botanic Gardens, which provided some good sightings, including:
Laced Woodpecker (pair near the Swan lake)
Large tailed Nightjar (calling near the visitor centre)
White Breasted waterhen with chicks (near the Swan lake and eco lake)
Red Legged Crake (at the lower end of the rainforest path)
Pink Necked Green Pigeon (hordes - all over the place)
Common Iora (several sites)
Oriental White Eye (ditto)
Golden Bellied Gerygone (near visitor centre)
Black Naped Oriole (ditto)
Common Tailorbird (several spots)
Rufous tailed Tailorbird (near the eco pond)
Striped Tit Babbler (in rainforest area near fork in path)
Lots of does one tell them apart????
Loads of squirrels - very distracting when they were rummaging around in the rainforest undergrowth.

The midweek offsite itself was a different story from a birding perspective - 9am starts allowed an hour or so before breakfast on two mornings to explore the locality around the Pulai Beach Resort in Desaru, Malaysia (almost due east from Singapore on the coast - about 2 hours drive away), comprising the resort grounds and some forested areas across and along the access road. There were many fruiting trees in the area, so a good selection of pigeons, plus flowering plants attracting several sunbird species too. Highlights here were: Oriental Pied Hornbill (great to see, especially as I could hear but not find them on morning #1)
Green Imperial Pigeon
Orange Breasted Green Pigeon
Pink Necked Green Pigeon
Cinnamon Headed Green Pigeon (only a possible fly-by)
Little Green Pigeon (tiny!)
Peaceful Dove (a familiar but subtly different call)
Grey Headed Woodpecker
Rufous Woodpecker
White Breasted Kingfisher
Collared Kingfisher
Chestnut Breasted Malkoha
Plaintive Cuckoo
Long Tailed Parakeet
Blue Throated Bee Eater
White Rumped Shama (a female - took me a while to suss that one out until she flew away from me)
Purple Throated Sunbird (an absolute stunner when seen in full sunlight)
Copper Throated Sunbird
Common Tailorbird
Black Headed Munia
Black Drongo
Orange Bellied Flowerpecker
Scarlet Backed Flowerpecker

Some of the resort's sparrow flock was very odd looking - couldn't work out if they were very pale Trees or Plain Backed Sparrows.

In transit I also spotted a Black Shouldered Kite, Great Billed Heron and a Javan Cuckoo Shrike, amongst many more swiftlets and White Bellied Sea eagles. No other raptors though, which was disappointing.

I had no local advice, but do have a copy of Birds of Singapore (Hails/ Jarvis) from my 1993 visit and Where to Watch Birds in Asia (Wheatley) as well as a copy of Robson's Birds of South East Asia. As I now work for a Singapore based group, there are likely to be a few more trips in the future too, so keen to get to where Nikolas went next time...
Tom Wilson


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