Alamak… Comma just killed a Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis). Poor bird…

And Comma brought his trophy to show off…

Poor birdie… Freezing in progress…

Source: Rene Ong Facebook [1], [2], [3]

We just found a dead migratory bird, the Siberian Blue Robin (Luscinia cyane).

Thank you David Tan from Department of Biological Sciences, NUS for the identification. The specimen will be deposited at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum.

Source: St. John’s Island Marine Laboratory Facebook

Backlog: the beautiful Olive-winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus) that was found dead at TMSI kitchen… ‘Bird-man’ David has taken a look at the carcass, and couldn’t find any obvious cause of death…

Source: Naturely Curious Facebook

Two bird carcasses today. The one on the left is a Coppersmith Barbet (Psilopogon haemacephalus), a common resident species more often heard than seen, found dead in St. John’s Island. The one on the right is a migrating Blue-winged Pitta (Pitta moluccensis), the second in 2 days, found in the middle of the parade square at Marina Bay Fire Station.

A close-up view of the Coppersmith Barbet’s head. It was bleeding from its beak when first found, probably the result of some form of blunt impact.

Source: David Tan Instagram [1], [2]

Bapak Usnan’s Cicada


Bapak Usnan’s Cicada (Purana usnani) being scavenged by ants
St. John’s Island, 30th May 2013

This species was previously identified as the Striped Cicada (Purana tigrina); the latter species is known to occur in Peninsular Malaysia, but has yet to be conclusively recorded in Singapore.

Brown Sailor Spider


Brown Sailor Spider (Neoscona nautica)
St. John’s Island, 27th May 2013

Blue-clawed Swimming Crab

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Blue-clawed Swimming Crab (Thalamita crenata)
St. John’s Island, 11th July 2009

This is one of many species inhabiting shores that will be surveyed as part of the Southern Expedition of the Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey. Taking place from 20th May to 7th June, researchers and volunteers will be involved in collecting samples and surveying various marine habitats, in an attempt to catalogue the marine life that lives in the waters to the south of Singapore.

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