Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx erithaca)
Sentosa, 27th November 2016
This Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher was found by Sarah Marie Pascoe and Riane Francisco in front of a building with reflective glass doors. It is likely that it had died after crashing into the glass. The carcass was subsequently retrieved by David Tan.
Black Bittern (Ixobrychus flavicollis)
Tampines, 9th January 2018
This Black Bittern had died so recently that the body was still warm to the touch, and the blood was still bright red and had yet to coagulate. It is possible that it died after flying into a nearby building. The carcass was passed to David Tan, as part of his research on bird mortality in Singapore.
It’s not every day you receive a dead bird notification that makes you swear loudly at your phone.
This strikingly-coloured bird is either a juvenile male Zappey’s Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cumatilis) or a juvenile male Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana), but either way it’s a rare passage migrant to Singapore. Unfortunately, this individual died after crashing into a glass wall at the Singapore General Hospital area, but we’ll be preserving the body for further research.
Big thanks to Zhaohan Goh for alerting me to this.
Source: David Tan Instagram
After a quiet day yesterday, another #deadbird this morning in the form of a Schrenck’s Bittern (Ixobrychus eurhythmus), found at the base of a HDB block in Jurong West. Cause of death remains unknown.
Source: David Tan Facebook
Picked up a dead Von Schrenck’s Bittern (Ixobrychus eurhythmus) From Singapore today. Body was found at the base of an apartment block with no apparent external injuries and no clear indication of a window collision (the body was facing the side of the block that was solid walls with no windows). I did a brief assessment of the pectoral muscles to check if it was malnourished but it was very well-fed so it couldn’t have died of hunger.
Source: David Tan, on Dead Birds (for Science!) Facebook Group
Picked up 3 carcasses today in Singapore, one Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis) (top), and two Blue-winged Pittas (Pitta moluccensis) (below). The Pittas died after crashing into glass (seems like the main migratory wave is passing through right about now) and the Bittern was found exhausted in the middle of a carpark but died shortly after.
Source: David Tan, in Dead Birds (for Science!) Facebook
Blue-winged Pitta (Pitta moluccensis)
Tanjong Katong, 20th April 2015
This photo of a Blue-winged Pitta that had died within a school compound was shared on Facebook by Jo Teo.
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A beautiful but unfortunately deceased Jambu Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus jambu), a near threatened (IUCN conservation status) mangrove/rain forest species, but inexplicably found dead at the void deck of HDB estate. (Investigators suspect suicide but are not ruling out fowl play). Spotted by Veron Pwa at her void deck
Source: Sean Yap Instagram
An undergrad reported this dead male Jambu Fruit Dove , listed as near-threatened by the IUCN, today. The bird was found at the base of an apartment block with no apparent external injuries and no signs of head trauma, except that the neck felt unusually loose. Will have to dissect the bird to determine cause of death.
Source: David Tan, on Dead Birds Facebook Group