A Red-winged Starling (Onychognathus morio) was spotted at Jurong Lake Park by Choo Teik Ju a.k.a choo in early December 2008.
Teik Ju initially thought it was a crow but then the bill was not as thick as the crow’s. It was actually a Red-winged Starling, native to eastern Africa, from Ethiopia to the Cape in South Africa.
In its native countries the starling is common in urban areas, using buildings and other man-made structures as nesting sites. The bird is highly territorial, aggressive and when nesting, will attack other species, including dogs and cats and even humans. It is omnivorous, taking a wide range of foods. In addition, it is a scavenger. Ideal for our hawker centres?
It must be an escapee. We are seeing more and more escapees in Singapore.
Image by Choo Teik Ju.
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