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.