OLIVE-BACKED SUNBIRD

The olive-backed sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) commonly builds its nests on the branches of potted plants and other structures such as wind chimes found along the corridors of flats. They have been known to recycle their nests for up to seven times. The nectar-feeders are often spotted taking leaf baths during hot days after a garden is sprayed with water.


ALBINO PLANTAIN SQUIRREL

This albino plantain squirrel (Callosciurus notatus) was spotted at a park in Ang Mo Kio. Albinism in animals is an inherited condition characterised by a lack of melanin, which causes the animal to appear white or pink, or to have a bleached look. A typical plantain squirrel has a brown body with a reddish- brown belly and a black-and-white stripe on each side of the belly. The squirrels feed on fruit and nuts, as well as nectar. They are most active in the early morning and late afternoon.


MALAYAN EGGFLY

The Malayan eggfly (Hypolimnas anomala anomala) is commonly found in Singapore, usually frequenting lowland forests. To reproduce, it lays hundreds of golden eggs on the underside of Australian mulberry leaves, the sole local host plant. Perching adults have the habit of defending their territory from other butterflies. They have dark brown wings and a series of white dots along the edges.



PHOTO: FRANCIS YAP

ASIAN GLOSSY STARLING

Adult Asian glossy starlings (Aplonis panayensis) have dark glossy green plumage and are most noticeable by their blood-red eyes. Juveniles in contrast are creamy white and streaked black. They are geographically widespread in Singapore and can be found in various habitats, including urban areas, gardens and parks. They are known to swallow large Alexandra palm fruits whole, and then regurgitate the seeds some time later.

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