After a few days of live birds it’s back to dead birds again. Received a call today informing me of this dead Long-tailed Parakeet (Psittacula longicauda) found between blocks 2 and 3 at NIE. Poor thing looks like it must’ve smacked into glass and sustained some internal injury as it was found bleeding from the beak.

Also, I checked. It’s definitely not resting or pining for the fjords.

Source: David Tan Instagram

Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica) feature prominently in children’s literature, but never before have I handled one with my own hands.

Unfortunately, in this instance this Barn Swallow had the misfortune of flying into a glass panel at the NTU Art, Design and Media block, and will now rest in the natural history museum’s collection, where it will contribute to our ongoing research into the bird world.

Source: David Tan Instagram

Photograph by Erwin Chan

Striped Keelback (Xenochrophis vittatus) eating Asian Toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus)

Location, date and time: Singapore Island, Jalan Bahtera in compound of Sarimbun Scout Camp; 9 December 2014; around 1600 hrs.

Observation: A Striped Keelback of about 70 cm total length was found freshly dead and in the middle of swallowing an Asian Toad. The accompanying picture shows the anterior part of the dead snake with the hind limbs of the toad sticking out of its mouth.

Remarks: The Striped Keelback is an introduced species in Singapore where it inhabits rural and suburban areas. It is known to feed on frogs and small fishes (Baker & Lim, 2012: 114). The present observation confirms that it also eats toads. The cause of the snake’s death is unknown.

References:

  • Baker, N. & K. K. P. Lim, 2012. Wild Animals of Singapore. A Photographic Guide to Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians and Freshwater Fishes. Updated edition. Draco Publishing & Distribution Pte. Ltd. and Nature Society (Singapore).

Source: Singapore Biodiversity Records 2015: 55

King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah)
Lim Chu Kang Road, 11th January 2015

This carcass of a King Cobra, apparently a roadkill, was submitted to the Singapore Roadkill Records Facebook page by Lim Lay Na.

Singapore Roadkill Records is a new project set up by Mary-Ruth Low and friends to gather data on wildlife roadkill in Singapore, with a focus on reptile and amphibian roadkills, as they are often small and easily missed.

If you see an animal carcass due to a road-related incident, kindly submit a photo to sgroadkillrecords@gmail.com with the following information:

  1. Date and Time
  2. Detailed location or GPS coordinates
  3. Species identification (if possible)

Your contributions will help provide valuable information on how roads and vehicles affect our own wildlife, and hopefully lead to better conservation measures.

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Blue-eared Kingfisher

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Blue-eared Kingfisher (Alcedo meninting)
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) campus, 8th March 2012

This photograph of a blue-eared kingfisher carcass was taken by Ho Yong Sheng and shared by Gabriel Zhou.

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