Critically endangered songbird finds stronghold in S'pore

573 straw-headed bulbuls here possibly make up more than half of global wild population

The straw-headed bulbul - once commonly found in Borneo, Indonesia's Java and Sumatra, as well as the Thai-Malay Peninsula - faces threats such as deforestation and poaching.
The straw-headed bulbul - once commonly found in Borneo, Indonesia's Java and Sumatra, as well as the Thai-Malay Peninsula - faces threats such as deforestation and poaching.PHOTO: COURTESY OF LIU XIAODONG

A songbird poached to the brink of extinction has found a stronghold in Singapore, with likely more than half of its global wild population making their home here, a new study has found. Conservation experts said the encouraging finding shows that conservation efforts in Singapore are paying off.

Published online earlier this month, the research found that there are about 573 straw-headed bulbuls on mainland Singapore and offshore Pulau Ubin.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 30, 2020, with the headline 'Critically endangered songbird finds stronghold in S'pore'. Subscribe