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Comprehensive life histories for all bird species and families
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    Families
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    Authors

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September 24, 2021
Discover which birds have the most fascinating migration journeys during this webinar presented by Laura Kammermeier (Birds of the World marketing manager) and Benjamin van Doren (migration researcher at Cornell Lab of Ornithology). We’ll take a tour of the Earth’s most remarkable migratory birds and demonstrate how to use Birds of the World, an online […]
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BOW Team August 16, 2021
Over the next few weeks, the 2021 eBird Clements taxonomic update will progress.  This update, our first since the launch of the Birds of the World website, takes into account recent taxonomic knowledge on splits, lumps, name changes, and changes in the sequence of the species lists.

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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