Oddly, or perhaps not, the Toddler and I have taken to birdwatching. (Not at Jurong Bird Park, although we have visited!) There are 385 bird species that can be found in Singapore, including migratory species, and we use this exceptional online resource to identify the ones we spot.

The most memorable sightings, for her, have been of an Asian fairy-bluebird (Irena luella) and of a crimson sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja), because of their magnificent coloring.

Most recently, we spotted a Oriental pied-hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) perched on a lamppost on the street on which we live. These large birds are commonly seen on Pulau Ubin and sometimes at Changi and are the only truly wild hornbills found in Singapore; they are also listed as “Critically Endangered” on Singapore’s Red List, which means there are fewer than 50 mature individuals in the wild.

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