Eastern Barn Owl (Tyto javanica)
Jurong Island, 4th May 2016

This photo of a dead Eastern Barn Owl, likely to have died after crashing into a building, was shared by Lim Kim Chuah to the Bird Sightings group on Facebook.

The Barn Owl has traditionally been considered to be a single, cosmopolitan species (Tyto alba), but it has recently been split into several species; the populations found in Singapore are considered to belong to what is now known as the Eastern Barn Owl (Tyto javanica), which encompasses the Barn Owls in Peninsular Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, and parts of the South Pacific.

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Thailand: Injured Infant Owl Brought in for Treatment
20th May 2016;

An injured juvenile Collared Scops Owl (Otus lettia) has been brought into the WFFT Wildlife Hospital after being found injured by one of our staff at the side of a road. He has a broken wing and broken leg. He is under treatment at the WFFT Wildlife Hospital, we will do everything in our power to try and save him.

Source: Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand

Sadly, it was too late for this Injured Owl…

Late yesterday this juvenile Brown Wood Owl (Strix leptogrammica) was brought into the WFFT Wildlife Hospital for urgent treatment. He had been found by a road the day before unable to move. He was taken to a vet for treatment close to where he was found then brought to us the following day. He had two broken wings and a broken leg, likely to have been caused by a collision with a vehicle. Sadly, this guy did not make, he passed away during the night, RIP little one.

Source: Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand Facebook

Picked up this owl carcass on 23 March 2014 after it collided with a building and thought it was just an ordinary Brown Boobook (Ninox scutulata), which is known to reside in and migrate through Singapore.

After a tip off from a fellow ornithologist, I took a closer look at the wing formula and surprise, surprise, it’s actually a Northern Boobook (Ninox japonica), a new species record for Singapore and a considerable extension of the species’s migratory range southward down the Malay Peninsula.

My colleagues and I have published a paper based on this carcass and several other recent records of the species in the region, which is available here: DNA reveals long-distance partial migratory behavior in a cryptic owl lineage

Source: David Tan, on Dead Birds Facebook Group

Last March I was going for my morning walk when I spotted a medium sized bird lying dead on the pavement alongside one of the science buildings. People were walking past, but also stopping to look at it. I really wanted to get to that bird before it was picked up by one of the cleaners and thrown away. I managed to get there in time – it was beautiful and with no external damage – it didn’t appear to have been dead long.
I brought it home to photograph and pass on to David Tan. I had vague thoughts of drawing the bird but for some reason was really pressed for time.

Not being any sort of bird specialist, I didn’t realise it was an owl species, and definitely didn’t realise how special it was. Here are a couple of photos of the bird. It had come a long way from home…

Source: Tanglin Halt Wildlife Watch Facebook

This carcass has been identified as that of a Northern Boobook (Ninox japonica), the first official record of this species from Singapore.

A very disturbing sight and moment…

Came across this poor (dead) Barn Owl (Tyto alba) while doing my daily birding yesterday… Apparently its neck was entangled by a nylon string and that string got stuck on a barn box stand while in flight and that’s how it ended the poor fella’s life.

Accident (rubbish) or intentional (sadist act)… I don’t know… but what’s in my mind now… shame on us (humans).

Source: Lawrence Tan, on Singapore Birders Facebook Group

Finally got to examine the Barn Owl (Tyto alba) personally – man, it’s HUGE. Compared to all the birds I’ve picked up so far anyway.

Neck definitely seems snapped, so cause of death might have been a collision. Dad says it was still clutching some branches when found though?

Source: Sean Yap Instagram

Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
Sungei Buloh, 7th October 2014

A piece of a bird’s wing was found on one of the trails in Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. It was subsequently identified as belonging to a Barn Owl.

Yet another case of an owl with glue, this time a Sunda Scops Owl (Otus lempiji) with glue on the feathers. Yoho the owl, was covered in debris collected by the glue. We had removed most of the debris possible, but Yoho may need a longer period of recovery. Thanks to Jurong Bird Park for taking Yoho in.

Source: Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) Facebook