About the upcoming name changes in local birds
Short summary: There are some name changes in eBird that will be different from the Singapore Bird Checklist for a short period of time (Ornate Sunbird, Medium Egret and Western Hooded Pitta). This article briefly explains taxonomy in the bird world, introduces the rationale behind the species splits, and clarifies some misconceptions. The Oriental Dwarf […]
Broadbills in Singapore
How many broadbills are there in Singapore? There are two ways to answer the question: there are multiple Black-and-red Broadbill individuals flying around, and there are two species currently on the Singapore Bird Checklist - Black-and-red and Green Broadbill. There actually also used to be three other species of Broadbills in Singapore historically.
Lesser Adjutants apparently nest building at Sungei Buloh
A recent visit to Sungei Buloh by Richard White & Goh Yew Lin yielded an interesting observation: the Lesser Adjutants were seen carrying sticks around - a behaviour typically associated with breeding. They were locally extirpated about 80 years ago, could they be making a come back?
Once in a Lifetime Experience
Singapore's fourth Great Slaty Woodpecker - one of, if not the world's biggest woodpecker - was found by Kwong Marcus Alaric on 12 March 2023. He very quickly shared his sighting, allowing many in the community to enjoy the bird. Read on to find out about his experience discovering this marvellous beast!
Singapore’s first wild Black-headed Ibis
A Black-headed Ibis was found at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on 1 November 2022 by Art Toh. How was the bird identified? Was it wild or an escapee? In this article we share why the Singapore Bird Records Committee thinks that this is the first national record of a wild Black-headed Ibis.
The breeding season in Singapore
Different bird in Singapore nest at different times of the year, but did you know that their nesting seasons actually differ according to sunshine hours and feeding guild? Laura from the NUS Avian Evolution Lab shares with us her findings based on a thorough analysis of a large dataset.
Truly Singaporean Parrots: Queueing for the Good Stuff
Regardless of where you come from, you're missing out on the Singaporean experience if have you never "queued long long" for food before. And it seems that our locally found parrots know that too! Here are some intriguing observations on the feeding behaviour of three parrot species - Tanimbar Corella, Coconut Lorikeet and Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot. Article contributed by Muhammad Nasry.
Messages from the Cinereous and Streaked Bulbuls
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?
Soaring all over Singapore: Himalayan Vultures in the 2021/2022 season
During the 2021/2022 winter season, Singapore experienced a record breaking number of Himalayan Vulture sightings. Could they actually all have been the same few birds just flying around the area? Read on to find out!
Checklist Revision for February 2022
Our Records Committee maintains an up-to-date checklist of Singapore's bird species, incorporating latest advances in understanding of regional birds. Our official checklist is updated twice a year. Version 2022-1, published in February 2022, is the year's first checklist revision.
Singapore Birds Database: A Digital Museum of Local Bird Information
~Record keeping with the future in mind~ By Sin Yong Chee Keita & Dillen Ng Summary The Singapore Birds Database contains an easy-to-use search interface that allows you to look up information on locally rare bird species More than 1000 records across over 160 species are now freely available to the public You can contribute […]
PIPIT101: Identifying Singapore’s First Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis
Written by Richard White, infographic by Keita Sin Editing by Martin Kennewell, Keita Sin, Sandra Chia, & Dillen Ng The birding community was presented with an identification challenge today with the arrival of a vagrant pipit species. These small, brown, streaky birds can be difficult to identify at the best of times. An unfamiliar, out […]
Why you should start using eBird!
Imagine a world where you could predict the arrival of your favourite migratory bird, get immediate identification help for an unfamiliar bird, and contribute to science and conservation just by being out in the field. I have some fantastic news for you…that’s the world we live in now! BirdCast is a forecast map that utilises […]
Bird List Revision for September 2021 – Special Edition
The Singapore Birds Project checklist is updated regularly according to taxonomic updates by the International Ornithological Committee (IOC). Our team recently conducted a thorough review to vote on additional species to be added to or removed from the checklist. In the spirit of ensuring that accurate information is provided in a timely fashion, we decided […]
An Indonesian Archipelago Wishlist: Birds to Look Out For
The recent sighting of the Javan Plover Charadrius javanicus at a reclaimed site northeast of Singapore island was exciting yet unsurprising. Exciting because it was a first for Singapore and continental Southeast Asia that caught everyone off guard (then again, none of us are really prepared for megas!) and unsurprising because this is a species […]
Nesting Malaysian Plovers
By Goh Cheng TengEdited by Keita Sin & Lester Tan The Malaysian Plover Charadrius peronii is a small shorebird that inhabits coastal sandy areas and rocky shores. It is the only resident breeding plover in Singapore island and can be reliably found along the man-made seawall at Marina East. They are classified globally as Near […]
Bird List Revision for July 2021
The latest revision of the Singapore Bird List is now derived from IOC World Bird List Version 11.2. The downloadable list (in Excel format) is available HERE. The following are the major changes: Addition: Wedge-tailed Shearwater – First record of a single bird at Woodlands on 22 June 1998, second record of a single bird […]
Measurements of the 23 June 2021 Wedge-tailed Shearwater in Bishan
Pelagic birds are rather scarce in Singapore, so news of the grounded Shearwater found at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park on 23 June must have caught everybody by surprise. The bird was originally found by a passer-by below a HDB block in the area and then transported to the park. It was later spotted by William […]