Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis

on 17th November 2018

“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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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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