5 Migratory Birds You Can Find in Singapore

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May 13 2023 is World Migratory Bird Day where we highlight the need to conserve migratory birds and their habitats. Migratory birds play important roles in the ecosystems. Not only do they add and maintain biodiversity, but also help in pollination and pest control. Here are some species you may find in Singapore:

1. Black Baza (Aviceda leuphotes)

Status: Common Migrant
Fun fact: They have been observed attempting to capture small birds!
Distinct appearance: Distinctive black and white feathers with prominent crest and bands on belly.

2. Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx erithaca) aka Black-backed Kingfisher

Status: Uncommon migrant and very rare non-breeding visitor
Fun fact: They nest in underground tunnels. 
Distinct appearance: Red bill; vibrant colours; small in size.

3. Hodgson’s Hawk-Cuckoo (Hierococcyx nisicolor)

Status: Uncommon migrant
Fun fact: It is a brood parasite (it evicts other chicks to occupy the nest)
Distinct appearance: Dark tail bands, whitish underparts and greyish upperparts with rufous-washed breast

4. Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

Status: Uncommon migrant
Fun fact: Kingfishers dive into the water with their eyes closed when fishing.
Distinct appearance: Long billed and short tailed; body contains blue and orange colours

5. Crow-billed Drongo (Dicrurus annectens)

Status: Uncommon migrant
Fun fact: These birds mate for life!
Distinct appearance: Tail flared and slightly forked; thick and short feathers; thick bill

Photography by Raphael Ng
Listicle by Lydia Konig






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