Records Committee Report 2015-Change of Status

Javan Pond Heron at Farmway 3

Javan Pond Heron. From rare to uncommon based on past surveys, censuses and reports.

The final part of the report is on the changes to the status and abundance of the species listed in the Checklist. This periodic review tracks the ever changing bird life in Singapore with data from bird surveys, censuses, counts, field records and observations.

Changes in Status and Abundance

The following species were considered to have changed in status and abundance and are listed below:

1 Garganey Anas querquedula R/WV
2 Cinnamon Bittern Ixobrychus cinnamomeus U/RB WV
3 Javan Pond Heron Ardeola speciosa U/WV
4 Grey Heron Ardea cinerea U/RB
5 Great-billed Heron Ardea sumatrana U/RB
6 Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus C/PM WV NBV
7 Jerdon’s Baza Aviceda jerdoni U/WV
8 Booted Eagle Hieraeetus pennatus U/WV
9 Crested Goshawk Accipiter trivirgatus U/RB
10 Chinese Sparrowhawk Accipiter soloensis U/PM WV
11 Black Kite Milvus migrans R/WV
12 Grey-headed Fish Eagle Haliaeetus ichthyaetus U/RB
13 Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius U/WV PM
14 Asian Dowitcher Limnodromus semipalmatus U/WV PM
15 Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata R/WV PM
16 Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola U/WV PM
17 Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus U/WV PM
18 Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea U/WV PM
19 Aleutian Tern Onychoprion aleuticus U/PM
20 Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida U/WV PM
21 Pied Imperial Pigeon Ducula bicolor U/IR(B) NBV
22 Hodgson’s Hawk-Cuckoo Hierococcyx nisicolor U/WV
23 Indian Cuckoo Cuculus micropterus U/WV PM
24 Buffy Fish Owl Ketupa ketupu U/RB
25 Spotted Wood Owl Strix seloputo U/RB
26 Grey Nightjar Caprimulgus jotaka U/WV PM
27 Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos U/RB
28 Lanceolated Warbler Locustella lanceolata U/WV PM
29 Asian Fairy-bluebird Irena puella U/RB
30 Brown-chested Jungle Flycatcher Cyornis brunneatus U/WV PM
31 Red Avadavat Amandava amandava U/IRB
32 White Wagtail Motacilla alba U/WV


Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the contribution of the members of the Records Committee. They are Alfred Chia, Kenneth Kee, Lim Kim Chuah, Lim Kim Keang, Lim Kim Seng, Alan Owyong, Frank Rheindt, Tan Gim Cheong and Yong Ding Li.

Next are the observers who have submitted records for review and they must be applauded for helping to document Singapore’s wild birds: Doreen Ang, Howard Banwell, Jean-Marc Chavatte, Jimmy Chew, Alfred Chia, Laurence Eu, Horst Flotow, Con Foley, Bill Heng, Hio John, Wolfgang Kraemer, Angus Lamont, Graham Langley, Lau Jiasheng, Lee Tiah Khee, David Li, Geoff Lim, Lim Kim Chuah, Lim Kim Keang, Lim Kim Seng, Low Choon How, Alan Ng, Ng Chay Tuan, Alan Owyong, Colin Poole, Pun Kin Hong, George Presanis, Elizabeth Rothwell, Safizah Abdullah, Barindra Sana, See Toh Yew Wai, Keita Sin, Tan Ju Lin, Robin Tan, Martti Siponen, Alison Wilson, Richard White, Francis Yap, Yong Ding Li and Yong Yik Shih.

Compiled by Lim Kim Seng on behalf of the Records Committee.

Selected References

Gill, F & D Donsker (Eds). 2015. IOC World Bird List (v 5.4). doi :  10.14344/IOC.ML.5.4.

King, B. (2002). Species limits in the Brown Boobook Ninox scutulata complex. Bull. B.O.C. 122(4): 250-257.

Lim, K.S. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore), Singapore.

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