Pulau Ubin springs new hope for once-extinct species

The green broadbill (left) and the buff-rumped woodpecker.
The green broadbill (left) and the buff-rumped woodpecker.PHOTOS: KEN TAN, DILLEN NG
The black-and-red broadbill.
The black-and-red broadbill.PHOTO: JACKY SOH
A hornbill is seen at Butterfly Hill on Pulau Ubin on Sept 26, 2020.
A hornbill is seen at Butterfly Hill on Pulau Ubin on Sept 26, 2020.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - Birdwatchers are all aflutter about the recent sighting of a bird that was once extinct in Singapore, with many enthusiasts flocking to the offshore isle of Pulau Ubin for a glimpse of the green broadbill.

The bird, so called for its highlighter-green plumage, was spotted on the rustic island on June 27, said Mr Lim Liang Jim, group director for conservation at the National Parks Board (NParks).

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