36th Singapore Bird Race

Date : 05 Dec 2020 - 06 Dec 2020
Time : Various - Details in the write-up
Location : Various

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Open for Public - Registration Needed

The Singapore Bird Race is organised by the Nature Society (Singapore) (NSS) to promote the appreciation, awareness and conservation of wild birds in Singapore, and local biodiversity more broadly to the Singaporean public. The Bird Race has also served as a source of scientific knowledge on the distribution and conservation status of endangered birds in the country. The data collected has also been used in guiding national conservation assessments. Held annually since 1984, the Singapore Bird Race is among the longest-running citizen science events in Southeast Asia.


‘Threatened birds of Singapore’ is the theme for this year. The current theme builds upon the 2019 theme (focused on the Straw-headed Bulbul – a high profile species), and broadens the scope to species threatened by the pet trade in Southeast Asia. Three iconic bird species will be associated with this theme as showcased in the event logo; the Greater Green Leafbird, White-rumped Shama and Blue-rumped Parrot.


This event is generously supported by our main sponsor, Mapletree Investments since 2019. We remain extremely grateful for their continuous support!


Date: 5 & 6 Dec 2020


Time: 12.30pm 5 Dec to 12.30pm 6 Dec 2020


Registration Fees

Every participant is required to register. Please provide the applicable membership details when required:

Nature Society (Singapore) Member: $15/person
Nature Photography Society, Singapore Member: $15/person
Non-members: $20/person
Youth (18 and below): Free - Registration is still required


To register your attendance, please go to:


Race Categories:

Build your own teams of 3-4 participants and select from one of the race categories.



Sat 5 Dec, 12.30pm to Sun 6 Dec, 12.30pm (Duration: 24hrs)



Sun 6 Dec, 7.30am to 12.30pm (Duration: 5hrs)



(2-3 members per team)

Sun 6 Dec, 7.30am to 12.30pm (Duration: 5hrs)


NEW! Novice

Suitable for those with 2 or less years of experience in birdwatching

A list of birds will be provided for your identification

Sun 6 Dec, 7.30am to 12.30pm (Duration: 5hrs)


NEW! Family

(2-4 members per team)

At least 2 family members per team, including at least one parent and one child (12 years & below)

A list of birds will be provided for your identification

Sun 6 Dec, 7.30am to 12.30pm (Duration: 5hrs)

NEW! Youth

(12 - 18 years)

Sun 6 Dec, 7.30am to 12.30pm (Duration: 5hrs)


In line with the social distancing guidelines, there will not be any specific flag-off locations; teams are free to start the race from any location.


Participants are to submit their results via the eBird (by Cornell Lab) Application - a training session will be conducted prior to race weekend so participants can be familiarised with it.


An End-of-race Ceremony will be held virtually as results are revealed and we can gather as a community with family, friends and VIPs.


More details on the Rules & Conditions of the Race will be revealed closer to date.


Programme updates will be available on our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.


The 36th Singapore Bird Race is held in partnership with BirdLife International Asia and supported by NParks.

Social Media

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