Crimson Sunbird – The National Bird of Singapore (Almost)

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Conservation status: LEAST CONCERN
Common name: crimson sunbird
Scientific name: aethopyga siparaja
Type: Bird
Diet: nectar, insects
Length: 11 – 13.5 cm
Weight: 4.8 – 9 g

Crimson sunbird has been unofficially touted as Singapore’s national bird since 2002, when it topped a poll on the topic organized by the Nature Society.  This beautiful little bird has the color and features that Singaporeans can relate to…but did not win the official title because it is also commonly found elsewhere.  It is a resident breeder in tropical southern Asia – from India to Indonesia (including southern China).

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Reference:

  1. The Strait Times
  2. https://singaporebirds.com/species/crimson-sunbird/
  3. https://singaporebirdgroup.wordpress.com/2015/11/01/crimson-sunbird-is-now-the-official-national-bird-of-singapore/
  4. http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/crimson-sunbird-aethopyga-siparaja

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