Male Indian Peafowl (Peacock) (Pavo cristatus)
Sentosa, 27th August 2016

Sentosa has a population of introduced Indian Peafowl and Green Peafowl (Pavo muticus), as well as hybrids between the two species; this Peacock had clearly been killed by a vehicle.

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

Thailand: It was too late to save this Kalij Pheasant
15th December 2015;

A male Kalij Pheasant (Lophura leucomelanos crawfurdi) was brought into the WFFT Wildlife Hospital for urgent treatment after being found in a farmer’s field in a very fragile state, close to the WFFT Wildlife Rescue Centre. We found bruises on his breast and an injury to his foot; it appears he may have had a collision with something. Sadly it was to late to save this beautiful bird, he passed away shortly after arriving.

Source: Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand

A friend, Sharon S. Lim, found a number of bodies of Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) and a Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus) around 442 Sin Ming Avenue. I suspect someone poisoned them, anyone know what can we do? All have been cleared by NEA contractors.

Source: Sharon S. Lim, via Fang Sher Chyet on Nature Society (Singapore) Facebook Group

It turned out that the Town Council in the area was carrying out culling of Rock Pigeons, and that other bird species also ended up consuming the poisoned bait.