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

  • Checklist Revision for February 2023 5 February 2023 - The latest update of our checklist, version 2023-1, has been published. It can be accessed at our Downloads page.
  • A Student’s Big Year 23 January 2023 - By Kaeden Sim Twitching and dipping, words I have never heard before. Now, during my Big Year (a personal challenge to see as many species of birds as possible in one calendar year), I would never be more familiar with those two words. I remember seeing Jen Wei’s Facebook post summarising his epic 2021 Big Year, and being mesmerised by…
  • Monthly Roundup: Dec 2022 16 January 2023 - A rather quiet December, but the first widely-twitched Red-billed Starling kept us busy this month.