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Singapore Birds

This page lists the bird species I've sighted in Singapore since moving here in September 2006 - a few birds aren't on the official list but added for completeness of what you could see in Singapore. For a full list of birds in Singapore please visit Avibase or this wiki which also gives information on occurrence and locations where each bird is sighted.

Note that whilst many of these images were taken in Singapore, some were taken in other locations. All images are of wild birds.

Thumbnail Common Name Scientific Name
  King Quail Excalfactoria chinensis
Red Jungle Fowl Gallus gallus
Wandering Whistling Duck Dendrocygna arcuata
Lesser Whistling Duck Dendrocygna javanica
  Cotton Pygmy Goose Nettapus coromandelianus
  Swinhoe's Storm Petrel Oceanodroma monorhis
  Short-tailed Shearwater Ardenna tenuirostris
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
Milky Stork Mycteria cinerea
Painted Stork Mycteria leucocephala
Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus
Yellow Bittern Ixobrychus sinensis
Von Shrenck's Bittern Ixobrychus eurhthymus
Cinnamon Bittern Ixobrychus cinnamomeus
Black Bittern Dupetor flavicollis
Malayan Night Heron Gorsachius melanolophus
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Striated Heron Butorides striata
  Indian Pond Heron Ardeola grayii
Chinese Pond Heron Ardeola bacchus
Javan Pond Heron Ardeola speciosa
Eastern Cattle Egret Bubulcus coromandus
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Great-billed Heron Ardea sumatrana
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
Great Egret Ardea alba
Intermediate Egret Ardea intermedia
Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Pacific Reef Egret Egretta sacra
Chinese Egret Egretta Eulophotes
  Lesser Firgatebird Fregata ariel
  Brown Booby Sula leucogaster
Great Cormorant Phalcrocorax carbo
  Oriental Darter Anhinga melanogaster
Western Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  Jerdon's Baza Aviceda jerdoni
Black Baza Aviceda leuphotes
  Himalayan Vulture Gyps himalayensis
Oriental Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus
Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus
Black Kite Milvus lineatus
Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus
White-bellied Sea Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster
Grey-headed Fish Eagle Haliaeetus ichthyaetus
Crested Serpent Eagle Spilornis cheela
  Eastern Marsh Harrier Circus spilonotus
  Pied Harrier Circus melanoleucos
  Crested Goshawk Accipiter trivirgatus
Chinese Sparrowhawk Accipiter soloensis
Japanese Sparrowhawk Accipiter gularis
  Besra Accipiter virgatus
Grey-faced Buzzard Butastur indicus
Eastern Buzzard Buteo japonicus
  Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga
  Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca
  Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus
  Rufous-bellied Eagle Lophotriorchis kienerii
Changeable Hawk Eagle Nisaetus cirrhatus
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
Red-legged Crake Rallina fasciata
  Slaty-breasted Rail Gallirallus striatus
White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus
  Baillon's Crake Porzana pusilla
Ruddy-breasted Crake Porzana fusca
Band-bellied Crake Porzana paykullii
  White-browed Crake Porzana cinerea
  Watercock Gallicrex cinerea
  Black-backed Swamphen Porphyrio indicus
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
Barred Buttonquail Turnix suscitator
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus
Masked Lapwing Vanellus miles
Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus
  White-faced Plover Charadrius dealbatus
Malaysian Plover Charadrius peronii
Lesser Sand Plover Charadrius mongolus
Greater Sand Plover Charadrius leschenaulti
Greater Painted Snipe Rostratula benghalensis
Pin-tailed Snipe Gallinago stenura
Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago
  Asian Dowitcher Limnodromus semipalmatus
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
  Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata
Common Redshank Tringa totanus
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatalis
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia
  Noordmans's Greenshank Tringa guttifer
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
Grey-tailed Tattler Tringa brevipes
Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris
Sanderling Calidris alba
Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis
Long-toed Stint Calidris subminuta
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
Broad-billed Sandpiper Limicola falcinellus
Oriental Pratincole Glareola maldivarum
Black-headed Gull Chroicephalus ridibundus
Greater Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii
  Lesser Crested Tern Thalasseus bengalensis
Little Tern Sternula albifrons
  Aleutian Tern Onychoprion aleutica
  Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus
  Black-naped Tern Sterna sumatrana
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida
White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus
  Rock Dove Columba livia
  Red Collared Dove Streptopelia tranquebarica
Spotted Turtle Dove Spilopelia chinensis
Emerald Dove Chalcophaps indica
Zebra Dove Geopelia striata
  Cinnamon-headed Green Pigeon Treron fulvicollis
Pink-necked Green Pigeon Treron vernans
Thick-billed Green Pigeon Treron curvirostra
Jambu Fruit Dove Ptilinopus jambu
Green Imperial Pigeon Ducula aena
  Mountain Imperial Pigeon Ducula badia
  Pied Imperial Pigeon Ducula bicolor
  Tanimbar Corella Cacatua goffiniana
Yellow-crested Cockatoo Cacatua sulphurea
  Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot Loriculus galgulus
  Coconut Lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus
Rainbow Lorikeet Trichoglossus moluccanus
  Red-collared Lorikeet Trichoglossus rubritorquis
  Blue-rumped Parrot Psittinus cyanurus
Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri
Red-breasted Parakeet Psittacula alexandri
Long-tailed Parakeet Psittacula longicauda
Greater Coucal Centropus sinensis
Lesser Coucal Centropus bengalensis
  Chestnut-bellied Malhoka Phaenicophaeus sumatranus
Chestnut-winged Cuckoo Clamator coromandus
Common Koel Eudyamys scolopaceus
Violet Cuckoo Chrysococcyx xanthohynchus
Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo Chrysococcyx basalis
Little Bronze-Cuckoo Chrysococcyx minutillus
  Banded Bay Cuckoo Cacomantis sonneratii
Plaintive Cuckoo Cacomantis merulinus
Rusty-breasted Cuckoo Cacomantis sepulcralis
Square-tailed Drongo Cuckoo Surniculus lugubris
  Large Hawk-Cuckoo Hierococcyx sparverioides
  Malaysian Hawk-Cuckoo Hierococcyx fugax
Hodgson's Hawk-Cuckoo Hierococcyx nisicolor
Indian Cuckoo Cuculus micropterus
  Himalayan Cuckoo Cuculus saturatus
  Eastern Barn Owl Tyto javanica
  Sunda Scops Owl Otus lempiji
  Oriental Scops Owl Otus sunia
Buffy Fish Owl Ketupa ketupu
Spotted Wood Owl Strix seloputo
  Brown Hawk Owl Ninox scutulata
Northern Boobook Ninox japonica
Malaysian Eared Nightjar Eurostopodus temminckii
Grey Nightjar Grey Nightjar Caprimulgus jotaka
Large-tailed Nightjar Caprimulgus macrurus
Savanna Nightjar Caprimulgus affinis
Grey-rumped Treeswift Hemiprocne longipennis
Whiskered Treeswift Hemiprocne comata
Plume-toed Swiftlet Collocalia affinis
  Himalayan Swiftlet Aerodramus brevirostris
  Black-nest Swiftlet Aerodramus maximus
Germain's Swiftlet Germain's Swiftlet Aerodramus germani
White-throated Needletail Hirapundus caudacutus
  Silver-backed Needletail Hirapundus cochinchinensis
  Brown-backed Needletail Hirapundus giganteus
  Asian Palm Swift Cypsiurus balasiensis
  Pacific Swift Apus pacificus
  House Swift Apus nipalensis
Dollarbird Eurystomus orientalis
Stork-billed Kingfisher Pelargopsis capensis
Ruddy Kingfisher Halycon coromanda
White-throated Kingfisher Halycon smyrensis
Black-capped Kingfisher Halycon pileata
Collared Kingfisher Todiramphus chloris
  Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher Ceyx erithaca
  Blue-eared Kingfisher Alcedo meninting
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
Blue-tailed Bee-eater Merops philippinus
Blue-throated Bee-eater Merops viridis
Oriental Pied Hornbill Anthracoceros albirostris
Black Hornbill Anthracoceros malayanus
Lineated Barbet Lineated Barbet Megalaima lineata
Red-crowned Barbet Red-crowned Barbet Megalaima rafflesia
Coppersmith Barbet Megalaima haemacephala
Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker Yungipicus moluccensis
Rufous Woodpecker Micropternus brachyurus
  White-bellied Woodpecker Dryocopus javanesis
Banded Woodpecker Chrysophlegma miniaceum
Crimson-winged Woodpecker Picus puniceus
Laced Woodpecker Picus vittatus
Common Flameback Dinopium javanense
  Hooded Pitta Pitta sordida
Blue-winged Pitta Pitta moluccensis
  Mangrove Pitta Pitta megarhyncha
Golden-bellied Gerygone Gerygone sulphurea
Common Iora Aegithina tiphia
Green Iora Aegithinia viridissma
Pied Triller Lalage nigra
Ashy Minivet Pericrocotus divaricatus
Scarlet Minivet Pericrocotus speciosus
  Mangrove Whistler Pachycephala cinerea
Tiger Shrike Lanius tigrinus
Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus
Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach
Black-naped Oriole Oriolus chinensis
Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus
Ashy Drongo Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaes
Crow-billed Drongo Dicrurus annectans
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo Dicrurus paradiseus
Malaysian Pied Fantail Rhipidura javanica
  Black-naped Monarch Hypothymis azurea
Asian Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone paradisi
  Japanese Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone atrocaudata
House Crow Corvus splendens
Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos
Straw-headed Bulbul Pycnonotus zeylanicus
Black-headed Bulbul Pycnonotus atriceps
Black-crested Bulbul Pycnonotus flaviventris
Red-whiskered Bulbul Pycnonotus jocosus
Sooty-headed Bulbul Pycnonotus aurigaster
Yellow-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus goiaver
Olive-winged Bulbul Pycnonotus plumosus
Cream-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus simplex
  Red-eyed Bulbul Pycnonotus brunneus
Streaked Bulbul Ixos malaccensis
  Cinereous Bulbul Hemixos cinereus
  Sand Martin Riparia riparia
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Pacific Swallow Hirundo tahitica
  Asian House Martin Delichon dasypus
Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica
Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus
Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus
Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis
  Sakhalin Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus borealoides
  Eastern Crowned Warbler Phylloscopus coronatus
Oriental Reed Warbler Acrocephalus orientalis
Black-browed Reed Warbler Acrocephalus bistrigiceps
  Booted Warbler Iduna caligata
  Lanceolated Warbler Locustella lanceolata
  Rusty-rumped Warbler Locustella certhiola
Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis
Yellow-bellied Prinia Prinia flaviventris
Common Tailorbird Orthotomus sutorius
Dark-necked Tailorbird Orthotomus atrogularis
  Rufous-tailed Tailorbird Orthotomus sericeus
Ashy Tailorbird Orthotomus ruficeps
  White-chested Babbler Trichastoma rostratum
Abbott's Babbler Malacocincla abbotti
  Short-tailed Babbler Malacocincla malaccensis
  Chestnut-winged Babbler Stachyris erythroptera
Pin-striped Tit Babbler Macronus gularis
White-crested Laughingthrush Garrulax leucolophus
Japanese White-eye Zosterops japonicus
Oriental White-eye Zosterops palpebrosus
  Asian Fairy Bluebird Irena puella
Asian Glossy Starling Aplonis panayensis
Common Hill Myna Gracula religiosa
Javan Myna Acridotheres javanicus
Common Myna Acridotheres tristis
Purple-backed Starling Agropsar sturninus
  Chestnut-cheeked Starling Agopsar philippensis
  White-shouldered Starling Sturnia sinensis
Brahminy Starling Sturnia pagodarum
  Rosy Starling Pastor roseus
  Orange-headed Thrush Geokichla citrina
Siberian Thrush Geokichla sibirica
Eye-browed Thrush Turdus obscurus
Siberian Blue Robin Luscinia cyane
Oriental Magpie-Robin Copsychus saularis
White-rumped Shama Copsychus malabaricus
Daurian Redstart Phoenicurus auroeus
Stejneger's Stonechat Saxicola stegneri
  White-throated Rock Thrush Monticola gularis
Brown-chested Jungle Flycatcher Rhinomyias brunneatus
Grey-streaked Flycatcher Muscicapa griseisticta
Dark-sided Flycatcher Muscicapa sibirica
Asian Brown Flycatcher Muscicapa dauurica
Brown-streaked Flycatcher Muscicapa siamensis
  Ferruginous Flycatcher Muscicapa ferruginea
Yellow-rumped Flycatcher Ficedula zanthopygia
  Green-backed Flycatcher Ficedula elisae
Mugimaki Flycatcher Ficedula mugimaki
Blue-and-white Flycatcher Cyanoptila cyanomelana
Mangrove Blue Flycatcher Cyornis rufigastra
Greater Green Leafbird Chloropsis sonnerati
Lesser Green Leafbird Chloropsis cyanopogon
Blue-winged Leafbird Chloropsis cochinchinensis
  Yellow-vented Flowerpecker Dicaeum chrysorrheum
Orange-bellied Flowerpecker Dicaeum trigonostigma
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker Dicaeum cruentatum
  Plain Sunbird Anthreptes simplex
Brown-throated Sunbird Anthreptes malacensis
Van Hasselt's Sunbird Leptocoma brasiliana
Copper-throated Sunbird Leptocoma calcostetha
Olive-backed Sunbird Cinnyris jugularis
Crimson Sunbird Aethopyga siparaja
Little Spiderhunter Arachnothera longirostra
  Thick-billed Spiderhunter Arachnothera crassirostris
  House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus
Golden-backed Weaver Ploceus jacksoni
  Asian Golden Weaver Ploceus hypoxanthus
Streaked Weaver Ploceus manyar
Baya Weaver Ploceus philippinus
Yellow-crowned Bishop Euplectes afer
Southern Red Bishop Euplectes orix
  Orange-cheeked Waxbill Estrilda melpoda
  Crimson-rumped Waxbill Estrilda rhodopyga
  Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild
  Red Avadavat Amandava amandava
White-rumped Munia Lonchura striata
Javan Munia Lonchura leucogastroides
Scaly-breasted Munia Lonchura punctulata
Chestnut Munia Lonchura atricapilla
White-headed Munia Lonchura maja
  Forest Wagtail Dendronanthus indicus
Eastern Yellow Wagtail Motacilla tschutschensis
Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
White Wagtail Motacilla alba
Paddyfield Pipit Anthus rufulus
Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus
  Black-throated Canary Crithagra atrogularis
Yellow-fronted Canary Crithagra mozambica