Notice: Bidadari Park is currently closed for redevelopment from December 2019. The new Bidadari Park is expected to be completed in 2022.
Bidadari Park was once part of the Bidadari Cemetery, before exhumation and construction of new flats reduced the park to its current 1-hectare area.
This tiny wooded hillock remains a popular stopover site for migratory birds and continues to serve as a refuge for these birds who fly thousands of miles from the wintry north to spend their winter holidays here.
It is quite marvellous to watch the little white fairy of the woods put on a graceful performance as he dances around swishing his long flowy tail.
Another celebrity is the Zappey’s Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cumatilis), a rare migrant in Singapore. For some reason, the adult male Zappey’s Flycatcher is less often seen than the female, and only a few isolated sightings have been recorded in Singapore. So you can imagine the excitement when he does decide to pay us a visit.
Besides the birds, another cute and lovable resident of the forest that we simply enjoy stalking is the Finlayson’s Squirrel (Callosciurus finlaysonii), a non-native squirrel species in Singapore.
These adorable squirrels are typically found in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. They are believed to have been introduced into Bidadari as escaped or abandoned pets, and a small community of them now reside in this tiny wooded area.
It is an absolute delight to observe them having a fun day out, performing acrobatics while munching on tasty fruits.
With the development of new housing units in Bidadari, we will see the completion of a new Bidadari Park by 2022, which will expand the park area to 10 times its current size. Until then, we will have to contend ourselves with this small area and hope that the birds will continue to find Bidadari a safe haven to eat, play and live in.