Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis

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“Managed to squeeze in a day visit to Singapore as we had an appointment with the superb Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (great exhibits on history of ornithology for the region).

“We saw a single, fast moving, actively feeding Phylloscopus in the mid-storey of this mangrove forest wetlands. I immediately thought it was one of the ‘Arctic Warbler’ group. But the supercillium and vent both looked cream-yellow.

“The bird was worn and had hardly any wing bars. A number comments for different diagnosis were offered from various kind international bird watchers (I had posted on various groups). Other kind colleagues have suggested that the greenish light from the mangrove trees/water, where this bird was seen, may have added to the yellowish hue on the bird.

“Fortunately Per Alström (who did the definitive work on Arctic Warbler split) was kind enough to respond to say it an ‘Arctic Warbler’ (not sure which one of the three).”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
29th October 2018

Location: Sungei Buloh Wetlands, Singapore
Habitat: Mangrove forest wetlands

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