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Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Fauna

Little Egret
The Little Egret [Egretta garzetta] is a small white heron. It is the Old World counterpart to the very similar New World Snowy Egret.
This egret stalks its prey in shallow water, often running with raised wings or shuffling its feet. It may also stand still and wait to ambush prey. It eats fish, insects, amphibians, crustaceans, and reptiles.

Common Redshank
The Common Redshank or simply Redshank [Tringa totanus] is an Eurasian wader.
They are wary and noisy birds which will alert everything else with their loud piping call. Like most waders, they feed on small invertebrates. Redshanks will nest in any wetland, from damp meadows to saltmarsh, often at high densities.

Purple Heron [Ardea purpurea]
Purple Heron is a wading bird common throughout southern Europe and Asia. This species breeds in colonies in reed beds or trees close to large lakes or other extensive wetlands. It builds a bulky stick nest.
It feeds in shallow water, spearing fish, frogs or insects with its long, sharp bill. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim.
The Purple Heron is a large bird, standing 80 cm tall, and it has a 120 cm wingspan. The call is a loud croaking "krek".

Mangrove Horseshoe Crab [Carcinoscopius rotundicauda]
The horseshoe crab is a survivor unlike other mangrove animal alive today. It is what biologists call a 'living fossil' an organism which has remained basically unchanged for millions of years! In fact, fossils of horseshoe crabs over 400 million years old look almost identical to the species alive today. Slow and steady nonetheless, they have withstood the ultimate challenge Mother Nature has thrown at them - the test of time!
Mangrove horseshoe crabs are basically scavengers, but they also feed on bivalves. They are found throughout Southeast Asia. The telson or tail is used to right itself up when overturned and not as a weapon as some believe!

Cicada
A cicada is an insect with large eyes wide apart on the head and usually transparent, well-veined wings. There are about 2,500 species of cicada around the world, and many remain unclassified. Cicadas live in temperate to tropical climates where they are among the most widely recognized of all insects, mainly due to their large size and remarkable acoustic talents. They are also known as "jar flies". The name is a direct derivation of the Latin cicada, meaning "buzzer".
Cicadas are benign to humans and do not bite or sting, but can cause damage to several cultivated crops, shrubs, and trees.
Many people around the world regularly eat cicadas; the female is prized, as it is meatier.
Shells of cicadas are employed in the traditional medicines of China.

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