Picked up this owl carcass on 23 March 2014 after it collided with a building and thought it was just an ordinary Brown Boobook (Ninox scutulata), which is known to reside in and migrate through Singapore.

After a tip off from a fellow ornithologist, I took a closer look at the wing formula and surprise, surprise, it’s actually a Northern Boobook (Ninox japonica), a new species record for Singapore and a considerable extension of the species’s migratory range southward down the Malay Peninsula.

My colleagues and I have published a paper based on this carcass and several other recent records of the species in the region, which is available here: DNA reveals long-distance partial migratory behavior in a cryptic owl lineage

Source: David Tan, on Dead Birds Facebook Group

Last March I was going for my morning walk when I spotted a medium sized bird lying dead on the pavement alongside one of the science buildings. People were walking past, but also stopping to look at it. I really wanted to get to that bird before it was picked up by one of the cleaners and thrown away. I managed to get there in time – it was beautiful and with no external damage – it didn’t appear to have been dead long.
I brought it home to photograph and pass on to David Tan. I had vague thoughts of drawing the bird but for some reason was really pressed for time.

Not being any sort of bird specialist, I didn’t realise it was an owl species, and definitely didn’t realise how special it was. Here are a couple of photos of the bird. It had come a long way from home…

Source: Tanglin Halt Wildlife Watch Facebook

This carcass has been identified as that of a Northern Boobook (Ninox japonica), the first official record of this species from Singapore.