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Golden Bush-Robin
Team Macaulay Library November 22, 2021
Expect to see a stunning new collection of Asian bird images show up in Birds of the World. The Cornell Lab's Macaulay Library is excited to be able to provide a new home to the Oriental Bird Club Image Database, and has committed to preserving the OBI collection for future generations.
Barn Swallow abundance map
BOW Team November 17, 2021
The power of Birds of the World lies in its ability to synthesize data, science, multimedia, and maps from a variety of sources to reveal the most complete and accurate picture of birdlife possible. A growing network of contributors, scientists, and editors are constantly working behind the scenes to expand and integrate this knowledge into […]

Conservation Status

Percentages are calculated based on 10,824 species in Birds of the World.

Data provided by IUCN (2020) Red List.
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Conservation status
Least Concern
68%
Near Threatened
8.3%
Vulnerable
6.8%
Endangered
3.8%
Critically Endangered
1.8%
Extinct in the Wild
0%
Extinct
1.4%
Not Evaluated
0%
Data Deficient
0.4%
Unknown
9.4%

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