I’ve been too busy to post about dead birds for a while now, but this is too gorgeous to ignore. This Ruddy Kingfisher (Halcyon coromanda), an uncommon winter visitor to Singapore, was found early this morning at the NUS School of Computing, still fresh (we were able to recover a hipppboscid blood parasite fly from the body, and these tend to disappear from the body once it starts cooling down). Ruddy Kingfishers, like many other migratory kingfishers in Singapore, are notoriously difficult to spot while on migration as they tend to remain silent and are thus difficult to detect.

Source: David Tan Instagram

Assorted specimens of birds of Singapore (top to bottom): Stork-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis), White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis), Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris), Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense), Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja), Hooded Pitta (Pitta sordida) & Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis) @ VivoCity

Find out more about these and other Singapore wildlife at the Festival of Biodiversity, happening at VivoCity this weekend!