Lesser Dog-faced Fruit Bat (Cynopterus brachyotis)
Singapore Botanic Gardens, 29th April 2016

This carcass of a Lesser Dog-faced Fruit Bat was found by Holly Siow.

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Picked up a female Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans) after it crashed into the glass sliding doors on the third floor of the Botany Centre at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. A big thank you to NParks staff for sending this in.

Source: David Tan Instagram

Dead female Pink-necked Green Pigeon at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. It died after colliding with the reflective sliding doors of the Botany Centre building, sustaining serious injury on the right side of its head (it was bleeding from its right eye). The collision was strong enough to leave an imprint on the sliding door.

Source: David Tan, on Dead Birds Facebook Group

Fig. 3. Remains of the partially eaten Oriental Whip Snake (Ahaetulla prasina) (ZRC 2.7057). Photograph by Noel Thomas

Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela) preying on Oriental Whip Snake (Ahaetulla prasina)

Location, date and time: Singapore Island, Singapore Botanic Gardens; 14 March 2014; 1220 hrs.

Observation: At 1220 hrs, a Crested Serpent Eagle was observed landing on a grassy slope with an Oriental Whip Snake in its talons. The snake was still alive and writhing. The eagle first bit the back of the snake’s head, presumably killing the prey. It then proceeded to feed on selected parts of the snake while grasping it firmly in its talons. At 1501 hrs in the same area, the snake was found partially eaten and abandoned. It was retrieved for documentation purposes. Injuries were found mostly on the posterior ventral side of the snake. The specimen was then deposited in the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research at the National University of Singapore, under catalogue number ZRC 2.7057.

Remarks: The Crested Serpent Eagle occurs in Singapore both as a very rare resident and a non-breeding visitor from neighbouring areas. It is found mainly in forest and old plantations, and is a well-known predator of reptiles, particularly tree snakes (Yong et al., 2013: 36).

Reference:

  • Yong D. L., K. C. Lim & T. K. Lee, 2013. A Naturalist’s Guide to the Birds of Singapore. John Beaufoy Publishing Limited, Oxford, England. 176 pp.

Source: Singapore Biodiversity Records 2014: 82-83

Javanese Grasshopper

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Javanese Grasshopper (Valanga nigricornis)
Singapore Botanic Gardens, 14th June 2012

This dead Javanese Grasshopper was found just outside the Singapore Botanic Gardens by Tanya Procyshyn.

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