White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)
Neo Tiew Crescent, 19th September 2017

This White-breasted Waterhen was most likely hit by a passing vehicle.

RIP. We were excited about shooting a pair of Ruddy-breasted Crake (Porzana fusca) at Satay by the Bay and there was a bird lying down on the ground and we thought it was a Myna (Acridotheres sp.) feigning death. When we walk closer, we realised it was the chick of the Crake. It died shortly.

Source: Edwin Choy on Bird Sightings Facebook Group

And our first dead bird of the new year is this female Watercock, which was found in a very weak state earlier today at the East Coast area before it succumbed to its injuries and died sometime in the evening.

Source: David Tan Instagram

My first dead bird of the new year, and it’s a migratory female Watercock (Gallicrex cinerea), which was found in an extremely weakened state earlier in the day before succumbing to its injuries later in the evening. Judging by its size it must be a really young bird.

Source: David Tan, on Dead Birds Facebook Group

White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)
Kranji, 18th May 2015

This White-breasted Waterhen was most likely hit by a passing vehicle.

Slaty-breasted Rail (Lewinia striata)
Pasir Ris, 15th April 2014

This photo of a Slaty-breasted Rail was shared by Chloe Tan. It’s possible that it had died from a collision with a building.

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Watercock (Gallicrex cinerea)
Bukit Gombak, 25th December 2013;

This photo of a female Watercock carcass was taken by David Tan from the Avian Genetics lab in NUS, who collected it after he was notified about the carcass by Flo Tang.

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White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)
Sungei Tengah, 1st August 2014

White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)
Mandai, 3rd February 2014

This White-breasted Waterhen carcass had clearly been run over several times by passing traffic.

Two birds die from crashing into windows at NUS Science today
By N. Sivasothi, 13th November 2013;

It is very sad to see a bird die because it crashed into a window, thinking it was flying into the sky. This has been happening for years, and we are likely to see more cases as more buildings are built, with shiny reflective surfaces and as we install more glass windows.

A bird with its fragile, light skull flies for the reflected sky or trees at high speeds and instead strikes a window and is killed.

This is all the more tragic when a northern-winter migrant like the Blue-winged Pitta (Pitta moluccensis), having survived the long journey south from Myanmar or Thailand, dies in Singapore from a window strike.

Several dead Blue-winged Pittas have tragically been reported in the last month in Singapore. This afternoon, we learnt that even our corridor window, in the present configuration of our landscape, is creating such a mirage. A Blue-winged Pitta crashed with enough force to scratch the window.

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