Help save our critically endangered straw-headed bulbuls and their natural habitats

As dead as a dodo? Not our bulbuls, please.

Have you heard of the idiom “as dead as a dodo”?

The dodo is an unusual bird that used to live only on the remote island of Mauritius.

It is also one of the most well-known examples of human-induced extinction.

When the sailors arrived in Mauritus in the 16th century, dodos had no natural enemies.

However, due to sheer human carelessness, the dodos became extinct by 1681.

Over here in Singapore, we are blessed to have the critically endangered straw-headed bulbuls in our few remaining forests.

According to a research paper by Cambridge University Press (16 Nov 2020):

“The Straw-headed Bulbul Pycnonotus zeylanicus is one of South-East Asia’s most threatened songbirds due to relentless demand for the regional cage-bird trade”

The last strongholds of these endangered songbirds include Batok Batok and Batok Gombak.

On 16 Nov 2020, Dr Chee, Naresh and the Young Democrat team and I were fortunate to hear the melodious sounds of a straw-headed bulbul during our survey at Bukit Batok Hillside Park area.

Alas, this bird wasn’t recorded during the 9-day wildlife survey conducted by the EIA team at Bukit Batok Hillside Park area in April 2018.

It is therefore paramount that we spare no effort in preserving the remaining natural habitats of this rare bird species, in order to maximise its chances of survival.

In view of how it has been poached to the brink of extinction, the critically endangered bird species could easily go the way of the dodo.

“the Straw-headed Bulbul had an original range across a number of countries. Now, due mostly to widespread poaching for the caged song-bird trade, its population is so drastically reduced elsewhere that Singapore has become of key importance to prevent its global extinction. Can Singaporeans rise to the challenge of preserving and increasing its numbers? Would the eloquent eyes of the last Tiger in Singapore, recorded in the well-known photo, or those of the unrecorded last Black Panther, speak less tragically if the bubbling song of the Straw-headed Bulbul were guaranteed to sing forever in their native land?”

(Nature Watch, Jul-Sep 2019 issue)

Let’s join our forces to save the entire Bukit Batok Hillside Park area and our native Straw-headed Bulbuls today.

Sign the petition here.

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