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“This is such a great resource for people stuck at home!
We need this more than ever right now.”
–Martha, Chappaqua Public Library
April 7, 2020 – The world’s birdlife has always been a source of wonder and fascination. With the new Birds of the World online reference, you can travel to Peru to see the flamboyant Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, or come face-to-face with the show-stopping Great Gray Owl on the fringe of northern boreal forest–from the comfort of your couch. Answers to questions about any bird species, anywhere on Earth, may be found in this new digital publication from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
“Birds of the World provides scientists, students, bird watchers, and naturalists the sharpest picture yet of the remarkable lives of birds,” says Brian Sullivan, project leader at the Cornell Lab. “Our team has built a fast, easy-to-use platform full of deep content and captivating media that reveals the ecology, biology, and true-to-life character of every species.”
Each species account is enhanced with audio, video, and images from contributors around the world, making it a dynamic resource in a constant state of expansion.
Birds of the World contains 10,721 species accounts and overviews of all 249 bird families. Content includes:detailed life history for every species
- taxonomic histories
- illustrations of every species and many subspecies
- science-based range and abundance maps
- image gallery detailing plumages, geographic variation, and behavior
- an expanding video gallery showcasing bird behaviors
- in-depth audio recordings of songs, calls, and non-vocal sounds
Birds of the World pulls multiple resources about birds under one roof. First, it combines deep scientific content from four major ornithological works (Birds of North America, Neotropical Birds, Bird Families of the World and Handbook of the Birds of the World). And it is deeply integrated with two of the Lab’s signature data archives: images, sounds, and video from the Cornell Lab’s Macaulay Library and scientific maps and charts developed from data gathered by the global eBird program.
“Birds of the World is a critical tool for researchers and conservationists because it provides the most comprehensive science available for each species. But now it’s reaching an entirely new audience: bird watchers and nature lovers all over the world,” says Sullivan. “People want this kind of bird information at their fingertips, especially now that we’re home with more time to explore.”
“Thanks to your marvelous website I’m spending many hours
looking up information, pictures, statistics, and so on.
A great help for these days of isolation. Thank you.”
–Jorge Lopez Alvarez, Spain
To subscribe, visit birdsoftheworld.org. Try it now for just $7.99 per month. Birds of the World is available by subscription to anyone in the world and is available free through many academic and public libraries.