Survival of waterbirds with green feet seen to be at risk

Researchers estimate the current population of the masked finfoot to be between 108 and 304. ST PHOTO: LEE TIAH KHEE
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

SINGAPORE - Among the most noticeable things about the masked finfoot (Heliopais personatus) - a waterbird that has previously been sighted in Singapore - are its feet, which are tinged a pale green. But the birds are increasingly a rare sighting.

A new study has found that their numbers globally have been reduced to about a fifth, due mainly to habitat loss.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's WhatsApp Channel and get the latest news and must-reads.