Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum


This website is created by the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (RMBR) at the National University of Singapore, to provide a searchable digital database of Singapore’s natural heritage, i.e., its flora, fauna and natural habitats. The initial funding for creating the digital nature archive (DNA) is sponsored by the Care-For-Nature Trust Fund of Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. RMBR maintains and update the database, with supports from the National Parks Board.

Our objectives:

  • To provide a free online searchable digital database on natural history, for use by students, educators, general public, conservationists and scientists
  • To sort, catalogue and systematically archive the vast treasury of wildlife images, nature places and people from Singapore through
    • slides and print images
    • digital images
    • historical photographs (e.g. from retired university professors, natural historians, experienced photographers, old local books, etc.)
    • video clips and sound clips
  • Provide information on species status, habitats and general biology
  • Permit student to student transfer of knowledge and information through their involvement in collecting more digital images, thereby ensuring the continued building of the database resource.
  • Make Singapore a centre for nature education using IT.


Featured Organism

Alcedo meninting

Blue-eared Kingfisher, Deep Blue Kingfisher, Binti-Binti, Burung Pekaka Bintik-bintik
A small kingfisher with deep blue upperparts and dark rufous underparts. Adult male: The lores are pale rufous, edged with an oval of black, the black extending to base of bill. Ear coverts deep blue, with a large creamy white streak behind the ear coverts, extending to the back of the head. Crown and nape barred with deep blue and black. The back is cobalt-blue, darker on the rump and uppertail coverts. The tail is black, washed heavily with dark blue.  Scapulars are dark ultramarine blue. Primaries, primary coverts and secondaries black. Secondaries edged with dark blue. Greater coverts black, edged broadly on outer webs with dark blue. Median and lesser coverts black, tipped metallic blue, giving a spotted look. The bend of the shoulder is rufous. Chin and throat rufous white. Remaining underparts, including undertail coverts, deep rufous orange. The adult female is similar to the male but tend to have more rufous orange on the sides of the head and have a red lower mandi…



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