Bird Guide App

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Apple iOS Version
The “Birds of Singapore” iPhone App on Apple Store is available for free download under “NSSBirdGuide”. This is the first bird guide app for Singapore and the region

All the 375 species in the 2011 Checklist are featured, many with both sexes, juvenile and flying images. The images can be enlarged to cover the full screen by tapping on the photos. Pinching the enlarged photos will further magnified the images to show different parts of the bird. Apart from the excellent photographs, bird watchers will find the over 100 bird calls very helpful in the field. Quick searches include family views, abundance, habitats and quick text. You also can check for different groups like Raptors, similar species and compare them. An added feature allows for the listing of species for your own day, survey or census lists. Dates, time and GPS automatically appears with each entry. You can even share your sightings of individual species or lists with your friends by email or Facebook.

Many people contributed and helped to create this application. (See Acknowledgement page of the App). This App is made possible with a grant from the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and sponsorship from Carl Zeiss Pte Ltd.

Download link: Birds of Singapore

UPDATE
Android Version
The Android “Birds of Singapore” App was officially launched on 6th December 2014 during the opening of Sungei Buloh’s extension by MOS Desmond Lee. It contains an updated list of Singapore birds (based on NSS 2013 checklist) that is not in the iOS version. NSS is again grateful to Carl Zeiss Pte Ltd for the continuation of the sponsorship as they did for the earlier iOS App.

Download link: Birds of Singapore
Alternatively, please search for “Birds of Singapore” in the Playstore. It is a free download as well.

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21 thoughts on “Bird Guide App

  1. Pingback: Identification resources for the new birders | Singapore Bird Group

    1. Alan OwYong Post author

      Thanks for using the Birds App. Yes we have plans to upgrade the present app as we have added quite a lot of new species for Singapore and adopted the new names and status of some species. Our biggest hurdle is getting funding and sponsorship for the new app. Hopefully we will get them and we will certainly try to cover all the bases.

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      1. Alan OwYong Post author

        Thanks Christian for your kind comment, glad that you find it useful and is willing to pay for it. We are looking into a server based app for where we can upgrade and make changes. As all of the contributors did not want any compensations for their photos, sound clips, text and expertise, we like to pass it on to all users as well.

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  2. Temptress of Down

    Been using this app for a couple of years and it’s been v useful, however recently received a notification that it won’t be support by iOS on my iPad shortly. Do you have plans to update it? Thanks

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  3. Christian C. Berclaz

    Alan
    Yes it makes sense to have an updatable backend, though content should remain offline when using the apps.
    Let me know if you’re looking for beta users on ios or other help. I’ve got some experience developing apps.

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    1. Alan OwYong Post author

      Thanks for your offer. Yes the contents will always be available off line this being the aim of an app like this. Our present android bird app is server based and aviable both off line and on the Web.

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  4. Gary Agar

    I visit Singapore once a year for 2 weeks of bird watching – sorry I meant visiting family and grandchildren, I find this app. as a non-resident, indispensable and I suspect like most would pay for an upgraded version and hopefully include latest information on access / directions to developed sites since the App was produced – eg. Kranji Marshes amazing site.
    I believe, as it stands it is an invaluable aid to visiting birders (and quite amazed its at no cost)
    ps. – I was sad to see the the destruction at Bidadari

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    1. Alan OwYong Post author

      Thanks Gary. Glad you find the Bird app useful for your birding here. We will take your suggestions in when we do the upgrade hopefully soon. The app was funded by the Media Authority and sponsored by Carl Zeiss Asia. Nine of the contributing photographers writers and coordinators received any payment. The aim was to promote bird watching among our younger generation and oversea birders like yourself.

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  5. Philippe LECUYER

    Hi! I have downloaded the App and I am very happy about it. I have just a question though, I don’t see the Speckled Piculet in the checklist. And I spotted one few meters from my hotel on Pickering street, the last time I came to Singapore. Since I don’t think it is a rare bird in the area, would it possible to update the list ? Thanks anyway for the App.

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    1. Alan OwYong Post author

      Thanks Philippe for using the app. The piculet is not on our checklist as you have pointed out because it has not been recorded here in the past 50 years. You may have seen an escapee. But we would still want to note your record if you can give us the date and time of sighting.

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  6. infinityinsight

    This is the best bird app I’ve seen around. Unfortunately once I upgraded to iOS11 it couldn’t work. I think many are very appreciative of this effort and hopefully this app can be upgraded. Perhaps a crowd fund site could be set up? Please keep this app going šŸ™‚

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      1. infinityinsight

        Iā€™m keep track of this posting, would be happy to donate to the effort! šŸ™‚ please keep us posted

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  7. purposed@gmail.com

    Hi Alan, I was out walking near Institute of Systems Science (in NUS), and was near the edge of the forest where I saw a huge brownish bird. It stood on the branch of a far-off tree, and then flew off into the forest. Initially I thought it is a peahen, as I couldnt see clearly with my poor eye sight. Does anyone know what kind of bird is that? Just wondering if anyone has seen such a bird before.

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