Singapore a stronghold for two threatened bird species

The straw-headed bulbul, sought after by bird-lovers for its rich song, is now classified as "critically endangered".
The straw-headed bulbul, sought after by bird-lovers for its rich song, is now classified as "critically endangered".PHOTO: LEE TIAH KHEE
The long-tailed parakeet has lost much of its home in the rainforests of South-east Asia and is now listed as "vulnerable".
The long-tailed parakeet has lost much of its home in the rainforests of South-east Asia and is now listed as "vulnerable".PHOTO: LIM KIM CHUAH

Rarely seen in South-east Asia but they have found refuge here

Times are tough for most of Asia's feathered inhabitants, with many edging closer to being wiped out.

But there is a bright spot amid the gloom.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 08, 2018, with the headline 'Singapore a stronghold for two threatened bird species'. Print Edition | Subscribe