The only oriole species found in Singapore, this brilliantly yellow-and-black bird is commonly found in parks, gardens and even housing estates. It eats insects and fruits, and makes a very conspicuous “tooo-diddlyoo” call. It was nominated to win the National Bird of Singapore title but eventually lost in votes to the Crimson Sunbird. The Black-naped Oriole was featured on the old Singapore’s $500 notes and two other stamp series.
This highly adaptable raptor or bird of prey is often sighted soaring through the skies in urban areas. It is sometimes mistaken for the White-Bellied Sea Eagle, but unlike its cousin the Brahminy Kite has distinct chestnut brown body and wings. Nesting on tall emergent trees, the adults usually raise two chicks per season. The bird is both opportunistic and kleptoparasitic, eating any small creatures and snatching food from other raptors. The old notes with the second-highest denomination of $1,000 featured a majestic Brahminy Kite.
Last but definitely not the least in denomination, the old $10,000 note featured Singapore’s largest raptor, the White-Bellied Sea Eagle. The bird of prey is usually seen flying around the Marina Bay area and diving for its meal of fish, sea snakes and crustaceans. The name of the Malaysian state of Selangor was inspired by the sea eagle, and the bird itself has been featured on the state’s tourism logo. The habitats of the White-Bellied Sea Eagle are constantly threatened in Singapore where urban forests are cut down to make way for new developments.
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