Photographs by Tan Heok Hui

King Quail (Synoicus chinensis) road kill at Bedok Reservoir Park

Location, date and time: Singapore Island, Bedok Reservoir Park, carpark A; 26 March 2016, around 1210 hrs.

Observation: An individual of about 14 cm head and body length was found squashed on the ground, most likely by a motor vehicle. It may have been killed earlier in the morning as the observers found the carcass to be odourless and they did not see flies on it (Fig. 1). When the carcass was flipped over, there were ants on the areas with exposed flesh (Fig. 2).

Remarks: The featured carcass is an adult male based on the bluish-grey plumage with alternating black and white streaks on the head. Females are a cryptic brown without distinct colour pattern. In Singapore, the King Quail is an uncommon resident, reported mainly from open grasslands in areas such as Lorong Halus, Punggol and along the Changi coast (Singapore Birds Project, 2016; Yong et al., 2016; as Excalfactoria chinensis).

References:

  • Singapore Birds Project, 2016. King Quail. http://singaporebirds.com/species/king-quail/. Accessed on 26 March 2016.
  • Yong, D. L., K. C. Lim & T. K. Lee, 2016. A Naturalist’s Guide to the Birds of Singapore. 2nd edition. John Beaufoy Publishing, 176 pp.

Source: Singapore Biodiversity Records 2015: 56

A 3m long Oarfish (Regalecus sp.) was found in Lugsongan, Limasawa, Southern Leyte yesterday afternoon.

Source: Van Lacerna on Ibarra Blog Site, via Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines

We are grateful to the following benefactors who have helped made the latest eagle rescue and release in Apayao possible:

Ryan and Ana Remigio, and Jason Ranada of Ranada General Hospital in Laoag City; Vets Christopher George and Mary Jane Galvez of Laoag Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Candido Tuscano and Fredrick Ayongan of CENRO Calanasan, Apayao Provincial Vet Ralph Verzon, Apayao Governor Elias Bulut Jr and Vice-Governor Hector Pascua, Pudtol Mayor Batara Laoat, and Apayao Congresswoman Eleanor Bulut-Begtang.

The research and conservation of Philippine Eagles in Apayao is funded by San Roque Power Corporation and Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation

Source: Philippine Eagle Foundation Facebook

An Irrawaddy Dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris), misidentified as a Dugong (Dugong dugon), was found trapped in fishing nets in Kampung Bijat, Sri Aman, Sarawak.

Source: My Mukah Facebook

Thailand: Rest in Peace
26th April 2016;

A few days we received a call from a concerned man who had found a severely injured Macaque lying in the middle of one of the busiest highways in Thailand. This brave man got out of his car and stopped the traffic to prevent the Monkey colliding with any more vehicles. The man hoped that he could save the life of this poor Macaque. The male Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis) was moved to to the side of the road, the man then called WFFT for help, we immediately sent the WFFT Wildlife Rescue Team to investigate. The Monkey was then taken to a local clinic for an ex-ray, the results of the x-ray revealed that this Macaque had a broken right arm and a dislocated shoulder, it also revealed that he has bullets lodged in his leg from previous ‘run-ins’ with humans.

The Long-tailed Macaque is listed as Least Concern (LC) by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, occurrence in a number of protected areas. Although it is under heavy hunting pressure for the pet trade, meat, sport and trophies, this is not considered a major threat to the species overall. Females are often taken into breeding facilities and males are exported internationally primarily for use in laboratory research. They are regularly persecuted as pests. Habitat loss is also a localised threat, but the species can persist in a variety of habitats and very adaptable.

Sadly, this Macaque passed away within 24 hours of the WFFT Rescue Team being called to his aid. Rest in Peace Little One… You no longer need to fight for your life and deal with the unrelenting lack of empathy of some human beings.

Source: Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand