Dec 10, 2016, 5:00 am SGT
Plunge in numbers worldwide but songbird now classified as endangered thrives here
Singapore is one of the remaining havens for a rare songbird now classified as endangered worldwide, according to wildlife experts.
There are only an estimated 600 to 1,700 straw-headed bulbuls left in the wild. Singapore is thought to have at least 200 - and counting.
The bird's conservation status was raised from "vulnerable" to "endangered" on the latest edition of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, released on Thursday.
Illegal wildlife trade has caused several species to move up to higher threat categories.
"There is now evidence that unsustainable levels of capture for the cagebird trade, largely centred on Java, are driving the deteriorating status of many species," said IUCN .
But in Singapore, the straw-headed bulbul seems to be doing better.
Creatures under threat in Singapore
Singapore is home to over 200 species of animals considered globally threatened, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.