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.
- Blurred Lines: Navigating the Space Between Native and Non-native 3 June 2023 - Singapore Birds Project was invited to participate in a conference organised by the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (ARI, NUS) and shared about birds in Singapore and discussed the complexities of classifying "non-native" and "native" species in the highly modified local landscape. ⠀
- Status of the Stripe-throated Bulbul in Singapore 26 May 2023 - Singapore has seen two Stripe-throated Bulbuls over the last one year or so. Here's what the Singapore Bird Records Committee had to say about their possible status in the country. ⠀
- Monthly Roundup: Apr 2023 20 May 2023 - Birders were glued to Chek Jawa this April, and with its selection of rarities it's not hard to see why! ⠀