Singapore’s vibrant birdlife!

When one thinks of Singapore, ‘nature’ is not exactly the first thing that comes to mind. Yet, despite being a bustling city, Singapore has many green spots (like the MacRitchie Reservoir ParkBukit Timah Nature Reserve, Pasir Ris Park, the Botanic Gardens, Bukit Brown Cemetery, and several more) that provide shelter to about 400 resident and visiting bird species.

Growing up in Mumbai (India), I would marvel at my Dad’s uncanny ability to identify and imitate bird calls. I’ve inherited his love for birds and birdwatching, and it has accompanied me everywhere I’ve lived across the world, including my home for the past 5 years – Singapore.

It has been such a tremendous joy to observe and photograph some of Singapore’s avian species. This is my bird log and I will continue to update this post with new species as and when I photograph them.

Unless otherwise specified, these birds have been photographed from the comfort of my home, off the East Coast.  I leave you to enjoy these beauties….

(4) Blue-throated bee eater

My personal favourite, the Blue-throated Bee-eater

(2) Coppersmith Barbet

A Coppersmith Barbet with its distinctive ‘hammer to metal’ call

White-throated Kingfisher

A White-throated Kingfisher enjoying the rain

(12) Collared kingfisher

A Collared Kingfisher photographed in the early evening light

(3) Black-naped oriole

A Black-naped Oriole

(16) Yellow-vented bulbul

A Yellow-vented Bulbul basking in the morning sun

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

A lone Eurasian Tree Sparrow

(8) Dollarbird

An adult Dollarbird identifiable by its orange-red bill and the bright blue coloration on its throat

(14) Female Rose-ringed parakeet

A female Rose-ringed Parakeet

(10) Red-breasted parakeets

A pair of Red-breasted Parakeets feasting on mangoes

(14) Sunda pygmy woodpecker

A Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker hard at work! 

Pied triller

A Pied Thriller

Common pigeon

The ubiquitous Common Pigeon

(13) Spotted dove

A Spotted Dove

(17) Zebra dove

A resting Zebra Dove


A Pink-necked Green Pigeon camouflaged amidst the foliage

(11) Javan Mynas

A group of noisy Javan Mynas

(19) White-bellied sea eagle

A pair of White-bellied Sea Eagles, residing in a nearby cell tower

SB_Olive-backed Sunbird

A female Olive-backed Sunbird photographed at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

(22) SB_Little Egret

A Little Egret waits patiently for its lunch at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve


A Pacific Swallow photographed at East Coast Park

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A female Common Flameback Woodpecker, photographed at East Coast Park


An Asian Glossy Starling identifiable by its bright red eyes set against metallic green-black plumage


For my article on the birds of Singapore in the Jul-Aug’16 issue of PASSAGE, the bimonthly magazine of the Friends of the Museums Singapore, please click here.

You can read more about the birds/wildlife/natural history of Singapore in the following posts:

MacRitchie Reservoir Park

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Pasir Ris Park

The Wallace Trail

Singapore Botanic Gardens




Filed under Asia, Singapore

9 responses to “Singapore’s vibrant birdlife!

  1. Joanna

    Thank you for this – wish I lived on the East Coast! Are you any good at identifying bird song? I have heard but not seen a bird that sounds just like a slide whistle, smoothly ascending and descending. Repeated a couple of times then silence. Any ideas? Heard in the rainforest part of the Botanic Gardens…please keep posting!

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    • Thanks for stopping by Joanna! I’m getting familiar with more bird calls as I track the birds for pictures. So work-in-progress. I plan to do a photo-trip to Botanic Gardens one of these days so will keep an ear out for the ‘slide whistler’. Will surely keep posting! 🙂


  2. sparklefreeze

    I’ve never even noticed we had so many species living or passing through SG! The eagles look magnificent!

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  3. Robyn

    Lovely shots! How fortunate to have those tv antennas or washing lines as natural resting stops! I am a bird fan too and go to GBB most mornings to see whom is out and about. Grey Heron stalking catfish was todays time waster! 😉

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  4. Constance Finch

    Really enjoyed your lovely photos. We were also astounded and very blessed by the sheer number and variety of birds here.

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