Prepared by the Singapore Bird Records Committee
The latest update of our checklist, version 2023-3, has been published. It can be accessed at our Downloads page.
This article includes the updates to our checklist since our last revision. Our checklist is based on the International Ornithological Committee (IOC) taxonomy, the latest version being IOC 13.2.
This edition of the checklist is version 2023-3, and can be downloaded at our Downloads page. Note that this downloadable checklist is a “snapshot” of the checklist as of August 2023, and may differ from our live checklists available on this site and our Records Committee site.
There are still 427 species in the Singapore Bird Checklist after the changes in this revision, as no species were added or removed.
English name changes
Lesser Sand Plover is split into two species, Siberian Sand Plover Charadrius mongolus and Tibetan Sand Plover C. atrifrons. So far, we are unaware of confirmed records of Siberian Sand Plover in Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, and Singapore; that species is believed to winter further west. The “default” in Singapore is therefore Tibetan Sand Plover. Our latest article covers what to look out for a chance to add a species to the Singapore Bird List!
Japanese Paradise Flycatcher is renamed to Black Paradise Flycatcher.
Other minor changes
The scientific name of Buff-rumped Woodpecker is now Meiglyptes grammithorax with the split of the Javan population as Zebra Woodpecker Meiglyptes tristis.
- White-bellied Sea Eagle: Haliaeetus leucogaster to Icthyophaga leucogaster
- Grey-headed Fish Eagle: Haliaeetus ichthyaetus to Icthyophaga ichthyaetus
As always, please feel free to let us know if there are any errors or questions.