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Thu 15 Apr 2004

Birds 'stealing' quarters

Category : nature

Earlier I featured coin-stealing starlings at a carwash in USA.

Singapore has starlings too - and the Asian Glossy Starling is the third most commonest bird in Singapore, according to Nature Society Singapore's Bird Group's Mid-Year Bird Census in 2000 and 2001.

Their Annual Bird Census lists this species as third most common in both 2003 and 2004.

Paul Huang has close-up photo at naturestops.com, as part of his Kranji gallery.

Although the Asian Glossy Starling may look black in colour in the shade of a tree, their feathers display an iridescent shine in bright sunlight and might appear variably coloured - green, purple or a shiny black when viewed from different angles.

Ria Tan's webpage offers more information about the Asian Glossy Starling.

This common (for Singapore) species is missing from the Internet Bird Collection. This is a non-profit exercise to obtain and provide free video footage of the world's species of birds (I just listened to an European Goldfinch singing). Anyone want to be one of the early contributors?

Posted at 8:55AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email | Raffles Museum news