Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus malaccensis)
Tampines, 27th July 2017

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.

They say that it’s sometimes possible to kill two birds with one stone. Well, today we found 3 dead birds – two Eurasian Tree Sparrows (Passer montanus) and one Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) – within relatively close proximity of each other.

The two sparrows probably died after flying into a wall within an enclosed space while the bulbul was likely to have been hit in midflight by a passing car. Common though these species may be, they’re still extremely valuable to our scientific research.

Source: David Tan Instagram

Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus malaccensis)
Tampines, 10th September 2012