“This morning as I was walking by my block void deck at 9am I saw this dead bird on the floor. Looked like it had flew into the windows reflecting the sky and died. The carcass was found directly below the row of the block’s windows. There was blood from its mouth… Any idea what bird this is? A pity, but luckily this incident happens very rarely – it was the first time I personally come across this in the 20 odd years here. Of course there might have been other cases which I had missed.” Francis Lim, Singapore, 11th September 2011.
The bird that came to a tragic end above is a female Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopacea). Every now and then people find dead birds on the ground that collided onto to the glass panes of tall buildings. We suspect that there may be more dead birds lying on the ground if one is to wake up early and make a casual survey. By 9am or so, most of these carcases would have been removed by cleaners who start work earlier. Anyone interested in doing an early morning survey? Especially during the migratory seasons?