It’s been a busy morning! I received a call at 9am this morning informing me of a dead Coppersmith Barbet (Psilopogon haemacephalus) near Chinatown. The bird was found alive on the ground being harassed by a cat, and it died shortly after of unknown causes despite the rescuer’s intervention.

The second carcass is that of an Indian Cuckoo (Cuculus micropterus), a common winter visitor and passage migrant through Singapore, that unfortunately died near the Chinese Library at NUS. I’m not entirely sure what the cause of death was, but the bird was found near to a glass wall (indicative if windowstrike) but it also had a gaping wound on its neck (which could have been caused by a predator, or a post-mortem injury).

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December is usually a bit of a slow month for finding dead birds in Singapore since it’s the lull period between the main migration waves, but we do receive the occasional reports of dead resident species as well, such as this Coppersmith Barbet (Psilopogon [formerly Megalaima] haemacephalus), which was found with a broken neck at the base of a condo block near Owen Road.

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Two bird carcasses today. The one on the left is a Coppersmith Barbet (Psilopogon haemacephalus), a common resident species more often heard than seen, found dead in St. John’s Island. The one on the right is a migrating Blue-winged Pitta (Pitta moluccensis), the second in 2 days, found in the middle of the parade square at Marina Bay Fire Station.

A close-up view of the Coppersmith Barbet’s head. It was bleeding from its beak when first found, probably the result of some form of blunt impact.

Source: David Tan Instagram [1], [2]