9 Species Of Birds That Appeared In Singapore’s Dollar Notes

#4 Olive-backed Sunbird

Probably the most commonly encountered garden avifauna, the Olive-backed Sunbird is a permanent resident in Singapore. It is hard to miss its high-pitched “cheep, cheep, wheet” chirp. In Singapore, it likes to nest in urban areas along the corridors and balconies and does not seem to be afraid of people. The bird is often confused for a hummingbird. Unlike its neotropical cousin, the sunbird does not hover while drinking nectar from a flower, but perches on a stem or flower stalk instead. It was featured on the old Singapore $20 notes.

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#5 White-rumped Shama

Touted as the best songbird in the Malay Peninsula, the White-rumped Shama is a black insectivorous bird with a chestnut-coloured belly. There are few left in the wild as most of them have been poached for the caged bird trade. Individuals have been spotted at Pulau Ubin, Sime Road and the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. Chosen for the old Singapore $50 notes, this prized songbird is also known to imitate the songs of other birds. How talented!

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#6 Blue-Throated Bee-Eater

Also known as “Berek berek” in Malay owing to its call, the Blue-Throated Bee-Eater is a stunning bird with blue, green and brown plumage and long tail feathers. It consumes bees and other insects, removing dangerous stings by rubbing them on a perch. Another interesting fact is that the bird has been seen casting or regurgitating pellets of undigested food, such as insect wings and exoskeleton, after its meal. This bee-eater was illustrated on the old Singapore $100 notes and two other postal stamp series.

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