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5 Best Places to Go Birdwatching in Singapore

5 Best Places to Go Birdwatching in Singapore

Birdwatching, also called urban birding, is one of the top pastimes of nature-lovers in Singapore. The city-state is home to around 400 species of birds, some of them endangered.

In fact, the massive Jurong Bird Park alone satisfies the locals’ bird fascination, but there are more spots in the city where birdwatchers can check out various species taking flight in all their majestic glory.

From east to west, here are the top spots to make new feathered friends in Singapore.

1. Jurong Bird Park

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Home to 8,000 birds from around 600 species, most locals swear that Jurong Bird Park is a prime spot for bird lovers. The park houses many endangered and exotic Southeast Asian bird species, along with birds of paradise, swans, toucans, penguins, pelicans, flamingoes, and ibises.

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You can also find the largest walk-in aviary in the world, where you will see more than 1,500 birds from South America and Africa flying freely within the massive compound. There’s also a 30-metre man-made waterfall, which gives the aviary a refreshing environment.

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Nearest MRT station: Boon Lay

Jurong Bird Park

Price: SGD 27.20 for adult and local youth residents, SGD 30.60 for adult non-residents, and SGD 20.70 for child non-residents

Address: 2 Jurong Hill, Singapore 628925 (Map)

Opening Hours: Daily 6pm to 5pm

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2. Punggol Waterway Park

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If you prefer someplace quieter, then Punggol Waterway Park is the bird-watching spot for you.

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Located in the northeastern part of the city, the 12.25-hectare park features four unique themes: the Nature Cove, the Recreation Zone, the Heritage Zone, and the Green Gallery. This means there’s more to do here apart from checking out birds.

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Whether you’re looking to spend lazy hours at a relaxing lawn area or engage in water and sand play with the little ones, there’s a perfect spot for you here.

Nearest MRT station: Punggol

Punggol Waterway Park

Price: Free

Address: Sentul Cres, Singapore 821313 (Map)

Opening Hours: Open 24 hours daily

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3. Kranji Marshes

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The nearly 57-hectare Kranji Marshes is the most extensive freshwater farmland in Singapore and home to 170 birds, 33 kinds of dragonflies, and 54 types of butterflies.

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Located along the northwestern part of the Kranji Reservoir, the marshland features a range of natural habitats, including woodland and grass habitats.

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Cap off your visit by going up to the Raptor Tower and enjoy the panoramic view of Kranji Marshes and Kranji Reservoir.

Nearest MRT station: Kranji

Kranji Marshes

Price: Free

Address: 11 Neo Tiew Lane 2, Singapore 718814 (Map)

Opening Hours: Daily from 7am to 10pm

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4. Southern Ridges

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If you already know your birds and you want the best shot at spotting the white-bellied sea eagle in the flesh, grab your binoculars and head to Labrador Park. More than 70 different species of birds are to see here, including the blue-crowned hanging parrot, the rufous woodpecker, and Abbott’s babbler.

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The park is part of the Southern Ridges trail, and you can see the only rocky sea-cliff on the island. While you’re here, be sure to check out the fort and tunnels, which are remnants of World War II, and the shy, nocturnal pangolins.

Nearest MRT station: Labrador Park

Southern Ridges

Price: Free

Address: 45 Marang Rd, Singapore 099280 (if your starting point of the Southern Ridges is from the Marang Trail) (Map)

Opening Hours: 24 hours daily

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5. Pekan Quarry at Pulau Ubin

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The sprawling 1,020-hectare Pulau Ubin is one of Singapore’s last surviving kampongs (village) and a favourite among nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Walk to Pekan Quarry, which is now a habitat for herons, and make good use of your binoculars to spot the various bird species flying around.

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Do more than just look at birds while you’re here: hike up Puaka Hill and take pictures of the islet’s panoramic views, walk along the kilometre-long boardwalk of Chek Jawa, and paddle through the mangroves courtesy of the island’s kayak tours.

Photo: @pfong on Instagram

Nearest MRT station: Tanah Merah

Pulau Ubin

Price: Free

Address: Changi Point Ferry Terminal, 51 Lor Bekukong, Singapore 499172 (Map)

Opening Hours: There are no fixed opening hours for boats heading to Pulau Ubin. As long as the number of people reaches 9-12 people, the boat will set sail to the island.

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Flock with other birdwatchers at these nature spots and marvel at the beautiful birds roaming around the skies of Singapore. Want to find more exciting nature activities? Download the SmooveX app today and discover thousands of unique options.

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