About Birds of the World

Birds of the World is a powerful research database that brings together deep, scholarly content from four celebrated works of ornithology with millions of bird observations from eBird and multimedia from the Macaulay Library into a single platform where biologists and birders can explore comprehensive life history information on birds.

On our home page you can view 9 free sample accounts, which demonstrate the following features:

  • 10,824 species accounts with details on appearance, taxonomy, habitat, diet, breeding, behavior, and more.
  • 249 bird family accounts
  • Range maps, eBird abundance maps, and animated migration maps
  • Color illustrations of every species and many subspecies
  • Expertly curated media galleries showing the bird throughout its life cycle (photos, videos, and sound recordings from the Macaulay Library)
  • Avian taxonomy explorer with regional filters
  • In-line science citations
  • In-line media
  • Key to Scientific Names‘ by James A Jobling, including original description, protonym, and type locality.
  • Full Species List
  • IUCN Conservation Status
  • Ornithological Notes
  • Science news blog
  • Common bird names available in more than 40 languages (content remains in English, but you can set your common names to display in a preferred language – this makes searching for birds easier).
  • Colloquial common names
  • Ongoing updates by leading ornithologists

Birds of the World is available by subscription to anyone in the world – both personal plans and institutional plans are available. View the links in the left sidebar for more information.