Band-bellied Crake, one of the 18 new additions to the 2015 Checklist. Photo: Lee Tiah Khee.
Additions to the Singapore Checklist 2015.
The following 18 species are the additions to the 2015 Singapore Checklist.
Short-tailed Shearwater Puffinus tenuirostris: 3 birds reported in the Singapore Straits on 14 May 2011 by Con Foley and 2 at the same site on 15 May 2011 by Howard Banwell and Jimmy Chew are the first and second records for Singapore.
Asian Openbill Anastomus oscitans: A maximum of eight birds seen at Neo Tiew Road on 16 Jan 2013 by Pun Kin Hong and at Seletar North Link by Bill Heng on 23 Jan 2013 are the first records for Singapore. It was seen by several observers subsequently.
Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus: 1 seen at Sungei Buloh on 2 Oct 2010 by Lim Kim Seng and Ian Smith is the first post-war record for Singapore. It was previously listed under Category B.
Indian Pond Heron Ardeola grayii: 1 summer plumaged bird seen at Bidadari Cemetery on 18 April 2015 by Alfred Chia and Francis Yap. It was also seen by several other observers. This confirms an earlier record of another summer bird seen at Senoko on 20 Mar 1994 by Lim Kim Chuah and Lim Kim Seng which now constitutes the first record for Singapore.
Red-footed Booby Sula sula: 1 reported in the Singapore Straits on 13 May 2012 by Alfred Chia, Lim Kim Chuah, Lim Kim Seng, Ng Chay Tuan, Colin Poole, Tan Ju Lin, Francis Yap, Yong Ding Li and Yong Yik Shih.
Oriental Darter Anhinga melanogaster: 1 seen at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on 26 June 2006 by Graham Langley. There were also two subsequent records that were accepted, from Bukit Gombak, in August 2014 from Jean-Marc Chavatte, Lee Tiah Khee and Alan Owyong, and Pulau Ubin in July 2015 from Francis Yap. These are the second and third records for Singapore.
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus: an immature seen and photographed at Tuas on 14 Nov 2010 by Martti Siponen.
Band-bellied Crake Porzana paykullii: 1 reported at Chinese Garden on 28 Feb 2014 by Lee Tiah Khee and seen subsequently by several observers.
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus (heuglini): 1 reported in the Singapore Straits on 20 Nov 2011 by Horst Flotow, Francis Yap, TK Lee and others was the first for Singapore.
Mountain Imperial Pigeon Ducula badia: 1 reported on Pulau Ubin on 11 Nov 2012 by Tan Hang Chong and Barindra Sana reinstates an earlier record of another at Telok Blangah Hill Park on 13 Oct 1996 reported by Safizah Abdullah, Lim Kim Keang and Lim Kim Seng.
Northern Boobook Ninox japonica: a specimen in the LKC Museum mislabeled as Ninox scutulata and collected in Singapore in Nov 2000 is the first record for Singapore (Sadanandan et al 2015). There were five subsequent records in Oct 2013, Mar 2014, Nov 2014 and Nov 2015 (2 records) that are accepted as the 2nd to 6th records for Singapore. Alison Wilson, Alan Owyong, David Li and Low Choon How were the observers who put this difficult species on the Singapore List.
Buff-rumped Woodpecker Meiglyptes tristis: 1 seen at MacRitchie Reservoir on 20 Oct 2012 by Yong Ding Li and 1 reported at Jelutong Tower on 7 Jan 2013 by Lim Kim Seng are the first and second post-war records for Singapore. This species was previously listed in Category B.
Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike Hemipus hirundinaceus: 1 reported at Jelutong Tower on 11 Feb 2013 by Geoff Lim, another (or the same bird) here again on 23 Aug 2013 by Francis Yap and 1 reported at Pulau Ubin on 29 Jun 2015 by Wolfgang Kraemer are the 1st to 3rd records for Singapore.
Black-and-white Bulbul Pycnonotus melanoleucos: 1 reported at Jelutong Tower on 29 May 2012 by Francis Yap is the first post-war record for Singapore. It was previously listed in Category B.
Sakhalin Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus borealoides: 1 reported at Bukit Timah on 15 Dec 2013 by Lim Kim Keang and on 4 Mar 2014 by Francis Yap and other observers is the first record for Singapore.
Narccisus Flycatcher Ficedula narcissina: a female reported at Bidadari Cemetery on 2 Dec 2015 by Robin Tan, Alan Ng, Hio John and See Toh Yiew Wai.
Scarlet-breasted Flowerpecker Prionochilus thoracicus: 1 seen on Pulau Ubin by Yong Yik Shih, Ng Chay Tuan and Elizabeth Rothwell.
Richard’s Pipit Anthus richardi : 1 seen at Khatib on 19 Oct 2015 by Angus Lamont.
The following submissions were not accepted:
Oriental Darter Anhinga melanogaster: 1 photographed in flight over St John’s Island could not be identified to species.
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus: 1 reported at Seletar North Link on 26 Dec 2012. The record could not be accepted due to the lack of conclusive evidence.
Black Hornbill Anthracoceros malayanus : 1 reported on Pulau Ubin on 26 Jul 2015. This species is currently listed in Category E as there is equal likelihood of this being a wild or escaped bird.
Green Broadbill Calyptomena viridis: 1 reported at East Coast Park on 27 Nov 2014 and another on Pulau Ubin on 25 Dec 2014. This species is currently listed in Category D as there is high probability of these birds being escapes from the cagebird trade.
Finsch’s Bulbul Alophoixus finschii: 1 reported at Bukit Timah on 18 Dec 2012. It is listed in Category F due to the lack of conclusive evidence.
Clamorous Reed-warbler Acrocephalus stentoreus: 1 reported at Pulau Punggol Barat on 23 Feb 2008. It is listed in Category F due to the lack of conclusive evidence.
Daurian Redstart Phoenicurus auroreus: 1 female reported at Satay by the Bay on 9 Feb 2013 and subsequently was noted to have feather damage associated with bird lime. This indicates a high probability of the individual being a released or escaped bird. It is listed in Category D.
List compiled by Lim Kim Seng on behalf of the Records Committee.