36th Singapore Bird Race

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

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Update 2/12/20: Bird Race Rules

Rules of the Bird Race can be found here.


Update 1/12/20: Race Pack Collection Details

Collection dates & Times:

Fri, 4 Dec 2020, 12pm - 8pm 

Sat, 5 Dec 2020, 10am - 5pm 

Collection point:

BirdLife International Asia Office

354 Tanglin Road, #01-16/17 

Singapore 247672

Collection procedure:

  • Select 1 representative to collect all packs on behalf of the team 
  • Please collect packs ONLY at the allocated times mentioned above. If you miss this, collection can be done after the race with new instructions. 
  • Only 1 team member will be allowed into the office at all times to collect their packs
  • All other participants waiting to collect are to form a queue with 1 meter distancing outside of the office
  • Please check in with Safe Entry upon arrival and check out after
  • Please wear a mask at all times during the collection process 

Please try to collect your packs before the race so you can benefit from using some of the goodies found inside during the weekend! (We would love to see pictures of you with the gear! Share them with us on Facebook!) 

It is especially important for the Novice & Family teams to collect your packs as the field guide to the Birds of Singapore will be contained within.


Update 26/11/20: Pre-race Webinars

Sat, 21 Nov 2020: Getting started with eBird Webinar (Watch recording here)
Sat, 28 Nov 2020: SBR 101 Webinar - Learn about our history, why we run the bird race and gain insights on some strategy tips and resources to prepare for the race. (Catered for Novice, Family and Youth categories but all are welcomed)  (Watch recording here)
Thurs, 3 Dec 2020, 8pm: Pre-race briefing - Rules and scoring including bonus points will be shared

Final webinar:
Sun, 6 Dec 2020, 5 - 7pm: End-of-race Ceremony - A gathering of the community for sharing of the results and prize giving ceremony. Event will include speeches, a quiz and lucky draw! 

**A zoom link will be sent to all registered participants of the race prior to each webinar session.


Update 25/11/20: Registration for the event is now closed.


Open to the 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

Follow the lead-up to the big day at our social media pages. Like and follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for live updates!


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