When you think you’ve seen it all, think again.
Not too long ago, a rare albino turtle was rescued in India. What caught everyone’s attention was the fact that it was yellow, almost resembling melted cheese.
But it seems there isn’t a shortage of wonderfully-bizarre yellow creatures out there.
Over in Singapore, Facebook user Eddie Chung came across this beautiful bird at a golf course in Changi.
On November 10, Chung posted a series of photos of the bird on the Nature Society (Singapore) Facebook group.
What perplexed Chung was the unusual appearance of the bird, something he had never seen before. But thanks to the other members of the Facebook group, the bird was identified as a masked lapwing.
What’s also even more peculiar about the masked lapwing is the fact that it just perched itself on the grass, as opposed to our conventional understanding of birds resting in higher places, like tree tops.
In fact, it didn’t seem to have any qualms with Chung snapping photos, especially from such a short distance away.
Facebook users who commented on the photos made hilarious comparisons between the bird’s distinctive yellow face and other things.
Like the rare albino turtle that was rescued in India, some users called it the ‘cheese-face bird’, while others localized it a bit more and called it the ‘durian-face bird’ instead.
I can definitely see the bird’s ‘mask’ resembling durian flesh.
One Facebook user went a step further and suggested that the bird’s face looked like it had just been dipped in cheese fondue:
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), masked lapwings are categorized as ‘Least Concern’ in their Red List.
The masked lapwing is also known as the masked plover, or simply just the plover. It’s native to Australia, but its appearance in Singapore was the result of a zoo escape a long time ago, thus allowing the birds to roam freely around the country.
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Cover image sourced from Eddie Chung / Facebook.