Birds galore around Jelutong Tower, Sime Forest

on 10th February 2018

One of the best place to photograph birds is the Jelutong Tower, sited in Sime Forest within the MacRitchie Reservoir forest.

View of Sime Forest from Julotong Tower (Photo: YC Wee)
View of Sime Forest from Jelutong Tower (Photo: YC Wee)

Jeremiah Loei, who produced the video below some years back, has this to say: “Jelutong Towers-MacRitchie Singapore is truly a place of Biodiversity!

Jambu Fruit Dove (Photo: Dato' Dr Amar-Singh HSS)
Jambu Fruit Dove (Photo: Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS)

“You can find Blue-winged Leafbird (Chloropsis cochinchinensis), Chestnut-bellied Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus sumatranus), Jambu Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus jambu), etc. Some of the bird species are evaluated as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.”

Chestnut-bellied Malkoha (Photo: Dato' Dr Amar-Singh HSS)
Chestnut-bellied Malkoha (Photo: Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS)

In addition to the above, the following can also be sighted: Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica), Golden-fronted Leafbird (Chloropsis aurifrons), Greater Green Leafbird (Chloropsis sonnerati), Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis), Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja), Orange-bellied Flowerpecker (Dicaeum trigonostigma), Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum) and Thick-billed Spiderhunter (Arachnothera crassirostris) – see HERE.

Jeremiah Loei
27th January 2017

This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behavior through photography and videography to a wider audience.

If you like this post please tap on the Like button at the left bottom of page. Any views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the authors/contributors, and are not endorsed by the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM, NUS) or its affiliated institutions. Readers are encouraged to use their discretion before making any decisions or judgements based on the information presented.

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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