Flora index
Fauna index
guide to the mangroves of singapore
Index of mangrove fauna: vertebrates
Peter K L Ng and N Sivasothi (editors)
Birdwatching is a favourite past-time for many nature-lovers in Singapore, and as a result, the local bird fauna has been relatively well-studied. The prawn ponds and mudflats at the Sungei Buloh Nature Park attract large numbers of migrant wading birds during the northern hemisphere winter months. Strategically located observation hides offer convenient places to watch birds in fairly natural surroundings. Over 100 species of birds are recorded from mangroves and their adjacent mudflats throughout Singapore, but the scope of this booklet allows only a very small fraction to be mentioned. There are now many bird guides to the fauna of Singapore (e.g. by Lim & Gardner, 1997).

Striated heron Butorides striatus
Purple heron Ardea purpurea
Grey heron Ardea cinerea
Black-crowned night heron Nycticorax Nycticorax
Little egret Egretta garzetta

Wading birds
Pacific golden plover Pluvialis fulva
Common redshank Tringa totanus
Common sandpiper Tringa hypoleucos
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
Local breeders in mangroves
White collared kingfisher Todirhamphus chloris
Sunda woodpecker Dendrocopus moluccensis
Pacific swallow Hirundo tahitica
Brahminy kite Haliastur indus
Little tern Sterna albifrons

Mangrove forest and other birds
Pied fantail Rhipidura javanica
Ashy tailorbird Orthotomus ruficeps
Copper-throated sunbird Nectarinia calcostetha
Javan myna Acridotheres javanicus
House crow Corvus splendens
White-breasted waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus
What is mangrove?

The Ecosystem


Indirect uses
Potential uses

About Mangroves
in Singapore

Mangroves to visit
From "A Guide to Mangroves of Singapore", Peter K. L. Ng and N. Sivasothi (editors)
Volume 1: The Ecosystem and Plant Diversity and Volume 2: Animal Diversity
Authors: Kelvin K. P. Lim, Dennis H. Murphy, T. Morgany, N. Sivasothi, Peter K. L. Ng,
B. C. Soong, Hugh T. W. Tan, K. S. Tan & T. K. Tan
BP Guide to Nature Series published by the Singapore Science Centre, sponsored by British Petroleum
2001 Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, The National University of Singapore & The Singapore Science Centre