Not all the birds we find are indigenous to Singapore. Some, like this African Citril (Serinus citrinelloides), are escaped pet birds or birds released as part of the religious practice of ’Fang Sheng’. As this bird demonstrates, releasing pets and other captive animals into the wild is not a good idea. For one, most of these animals are unlikely to survive for long since they’ve spent most of their lives in captivity. Those that do survive, on the other hand, may end up establishing feral populations that may compete with other animals and upset the ecological balance. If you own pet birds, please be a responsible pet owner, and if you see people releasing animals into the wild, please gently advise them against doing so.

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A beautiful Pin-tailed Parrotfinch (Erythrura prasina), found dead in Tiong Bahru by Isabelle Lee. Like most of the dead birds that have passed through me, this one’s neck is definitely broken – likely another case of windowkill. In the freezer now, bound for David Tan from the Avian Genetics lab tomorrow.

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The Pin-tailed Parrotfinch is native to the region, but has not been recorded from the wild in Singapore. It is likely that this individual was a former captive.