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Cicada
Bird's Nest Fern
Long-tailed Macaque
Pidgeon Orchid
Monitor Lizard
Myna
Sunbird
Changeable Lizard
Red-eared Terrapin
Cattle Egret
Traveller's Palm
Koel

 

 

AT THE ROADSIDE

 

Red-eared Slider


Red-eared Terrapin
(Trachemys scripta elegans)

The Red-eared Terrapin or Red-eared Slider is a native of the southern United States.
Brought into Singapore by the pet trade, they have been released into reservoirs and ponds by irresponsible pet owners and for religious ceremonies.
Today they are a familiar sight in the water bodies of parks and gardens where they can be observed swimming and sunbathing.
 

 


Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)

Cattle Egrets can often be seen foraging for insects and small vertebrates along the roadside or in grasslands.
Free-flying birds from the Jurong Bird Park make up part of the Cattle Egret population. They are breeding freely all over Singapore these days.
They can easily be confused with the Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) that can sometimes be found along the canals. Unlike that bird, however, Cattle Egrets have an orangey beak and black toes.
 

Cattle Egret

 

Traveller's Palm


Traveller's Palm (Ravenala madagascariensis)

The Traveller's Palm is a native of Madagascar. Despite its name it is not a palm, it is a member of the ginger family.
Its name is believed to derive from the fact that rainwater accumulating at the leaf bases was tapped by thirsty travellers - who obviously didn't mind drinking stagnant water.
Its decorative leaf arrangement makes it a popular ornamental plant.
 

 


Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopacea)

These rather elusive birds are more often heard than seen. Their trademark whistling, almost frantic call is unmistakeable and difficult not to hear.
A member of the cuckoo family, this bird is a parasite who usually lays its eggs in the nest of the House Crow (Corvus splendens).
Although of similar size, koels differ from crows in their yellowish beak, their bluish-black plumage and their red eyes.
 

Koel

 
 

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