The Singapore Birds Project is a collaborative project by birders to document all the bird species that have been recorded in Singapore and its surrounding coastal waters. These include residents, migrants, vagrants as well as those that were introduced to the island. While Singapore is a country with a small land mass, we live in a region of great biodiversity. There are about 400 birds that have been historically recorded in our bird checklist. A further 100 or so species of introduced/released birds have also been recorded.

We have two main aims. The first is to introduce readers to Singapore’s bird species by describing their appearance, behaviour, habitat, and other key features. While there are commercially available guide books, apps and even existing websites that provide most of this information, our approach is to cater to the widest possible audience while being non-commercial in nature. We intend to showcase the best pictures and videos of all the species and create awareness on the great diversity of birds in our presence.

Separately, our Records Committee documents records of rare species as part of the Singapore Bird Database. As part of this endeavour, we have compiled over 1000 historical records of birds in Singapore, and the database continues to grow with time. Your submissions of rare bird records will contribute greatly to this project.

This project is not affiliated to any group or organization. Everyone is encouraged to contribute.

The bird species write-up index is at the Singapore Bird List menu item, the downloadable Excel checklist is at the Downloads section, and the contributor list is at Contributors section.

Recent Posts

  • Better Birds, Birders and Birding Through Data (Singapore Edition) 2 October 2022 - Introduction Ask any experienced birder in Singapore about what’s the best and busiest month for birding and you’ll hear either October or November mentioned. After all, migratory birds are coming in fast and furious during this period. One must therefore ask the question, “Are there any studies done to establish whether these two months are indeed the best month for…
  • Finding past rarity records by date 30 September 2022 - Trying to figure out your next birding destination but don’t know what to go looking for or what to expect? We’ve got you covered! The latest addition to the growing functionality on the Singapore Bird Database is date-based search (in addition to the existing species-based search on our page).
  • Migrant bar charts – Sep 23 update 23 September 2022 - Have you ever asked when you should expect to start seeing warblers and flycatchers make their way to Singapore, or when to start watching the skies for the fall raptor migration? Our new MIGRANT BAR CHARTS seek to answer these questions and more!