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, we’re working to document rare species by compiling all their records along with references to relevant primary literature. Your submissions of rare bird records will contribute greatly in this effort. This work, along with any other data-related projects we embark on in the future, is accessible at our secondary page, records.singaporebirds.com.

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

  • Messages from the Cinereous and Streaked Bulbuls 9 August 2022 - The Cinereous Bulbul Hemixos cinereus and Streaked Bulbul Ixos malaccensis are both uncommon to rare species in Singapore. However, once in a while, they appear in numbers all across Singapore. What can we infer from these sightings?
  • RAP301: What is that raptor? 9 August 2022 - Contributed by Max Khoo, this infographic is a simple and easy-to-use visual guide to the raptors of Singapore.
  • Monthly Roundup: Jun 2022 20 July 2022 - June was a relatively quiet month, but with records of rarities like Black-thighed Falconet and Pied Stilt, it's hard to call it a boring one!