Singapore makes it official - crimson sunbird is national bird

The crimson sunbird has been named the national bird of Singapore by the city-state’s Nature Society.

The crimson sunbird.

The crimson sunbird. Image by Lip Kee Yap / CC BY-SA 2.0

The small Southeast Asian bird with a crimson plumage was selected in a poll held in 2002 and has been known as the unofficial national bird of Singapore since, but the selection was made more official at a Nature Society dinner held in conjunction with the sixth Asian Bird Fair held in Singapore at the weekend. The Common Rose, a butterfly, was also declared the national butterfly at the event. However, the Nature Society is reportedly still waiting on government approval to sign off on the national icon status of both creatures. Read more:

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