Fauna of CCNR
Scarlet Backed Flowerpecker
Blue-Winged and Mangrove Pitta
The large Stork-billed Kingfisher has an enormous bill and is most impressive. The diminutive Common Kingfisher migrates to Singapore during the months of August to April. The Collared Kingfisher is common and is the most aggressive; often chasing birds from their nesting sites or even taking over their nesting sites. The White-throated or White-breasted Kingfisher is also common. The Blue-eared Kingfisher is a forested bird and is uncommon here.
This Aroid is found in Sumatra, Indonesia and its inflorescence can grow up to 3m in length! The inflorescence is set to fully flower any day now; exposing its burgundy purple flowers and releasing it “rotting flesh” stench. Currently it looks like a super long cabbage. This plant was planted in 2006 using corm/yam obtained from Huntington Gardens, California Latest flower opened on 5 Dec and smelt terribly!
Unhabitated areas like the grasslands in Singapore attract wildlife. A common bird, the King Quail is seldom seen as the thick undergrowths are its sanctuary. It is usually seen only when it is caught in nets set up during research efforts. The Barred Button Quail (BBQ) is another such bird. Punggol Barat is a grassland site under threat.
About 4 families have been making its home here since 3 years ago but the site will soon be gone as plans are underway to build the new airport terminal. Soon, will be grasslands no more.
Copper Throated SB
The Copper-throated SB is uncommonly encountered unless its nesting. It built nests in mangroves, away from prying eyes and potential predators especially squirrels. Nests are built on tiny twigs and often above water. Females are drab brown just like most other female sunbirds while male flaunts a bright copper throat (visible only if the sunrays shines on its throat). Retaining mangrove habitats are important for its survival.