Mystery of the lost toucan solved

on 25th February 2009

Earlier, we posted the sighting of a Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco) perched on the TV anntena of a house at Seletar Hills in Singapore.

Later, Hai-Ren alerted us to the three STOMP posts, the Straits Times online website, one of which helped solve the mystery of the lost bird.

The first report was on 2nd October 2008 when John Phang sighted the toucan in Seletar Hills

On 3rd October there was a response by Paul who made a claim that the toucan was his pet.

However, the bird was still roaming around 19th January 2009 as it was reported visiting the balcony of Cheryl’s home. The bird was tame and accepted the offer of a papaya.

Image by Ashley Ng.

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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One Response

  1. I sighted this bird today at Serangoon gardens. It was in the middle of the road and let me & my dog get close to it to take pictures. 20th June 2013

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