On 3rd February 2011 Francis Yap encountered another exotic canary. This time, it was the Crimson-rumped Waxbill (Estrilda rhodopyga). The location? Again in Singapore’s Punggol grassland, around Lorong Halus.
The lone bird was eating grass seeds but flew to a tree where Francis managed to photograph it.
Haniman Boniran helped in the identification, adding: “Recently imported into Singapore. I’m guessing about 200 birds (estimation only). Its status in Africa is least concern (LC). It originates from East Africa. This bird is a common aviary species but not so much here in Singapore. Lorong Halus has a perfect habitat for them.”