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The National Bird Of Singapore, Crimson Sunbird

In 2015, the Nature Society declared the Crimson Sunbird as Singapore’s national bird. This choice was based on a 2002 poll, where 38% of people opted for the Crimson Sunbird over other contenders. Supporters of the Sunbird pointed out that its small size and red color matched Singapore’s nickname, “Little Red Dot.”

Interestingly, there’s a historical connection to Singapore’s founder, Sir Stamford Raffles, who was the first to document this bird. The Nature Society is seeking official recognition for the Sunbird from various governmental organizations. While it’s not yet official, there’s hope that this vibrant bird will represent Singapore, akin to the Vanda Miss Joaquim Orchid, the nation’s official flower since 1981.

Crimson Sunbirds, native to tropical Asian regions from India to Indonesia, are known for their striking colors. The males boast red heads, chests, and backs, complemented by olive bellies, yellow rumps, and blue-green tail feathers. You can commonly spot these birds in the Botanic Gardens in Singapore.

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