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June 5, 2020
A Message from the Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology June 5, 2020 I am writing today to express my indignation and sadness over the recent violence and mistreatment of Black Americans, including the senseless killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and many others. These acts have highlighted the pervasive racial injustices that have […]
BOW Authors June 4, 2020
This week: The smallest of North American quails; a common Accipiter from eastern and southern Africa; and a Cinclus dipper (aquatic songbird) from South America.
BOW Authors May 28, 2020
Recent species updates include: Gray Parrot, Javan Cuckooshrike, and Canada Warbler
BOW Team May 22, 2020
We are happy to report that users can now display common names for each species in over 30 languages.
BOW Authors May 20, 2020
A new batch of Birds of the World species accounts is released every week. Click on each species name to open up the latest updates.
Tom Schulenberg May 4, 2020
Neotropical ornithologist Tom Schulenberg recounts his first sighting of a Scytalopus tapaculo in southern Peru and discusses a long-term, collaborative project to resolve the phylogeny of the tapaculos: that is, to determine how the ever-expanding roster of tapaculos are related to each other
BOW Authors April 26, 2020
This week's round up of updated species accounts includes: The Antillean Mango (endemic to Hispaniola and Puerto Rico), the Coquerel's Coua (endemic to Madagascar), and the small and unobtrusive estrildid finch which is broadly, but patchily distributed across sub-Saharan Africa.
BOW Authors April 21, 2020
Our round up of latest revisions includes: Heermann's Gull, Western Reef-Heron, Kashmir Nutracker, Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo, Green Manakin, Chivi Vireo, and Red-throated Loon
BOW Authors April 16, 2020
Catch up on these recently updated species accounts: White-crowned Manakin, Black-faced Dacnis, Orange Bullfinch, and Restinga Tyrannulet.
Guy M. Kirwan ‖ Manuel Schweizer April 13, 2020
Recent genetic research attempts to crack one of the greatest ornithological mysteries: the identity of a nightjar known only from a single specimen collected in 1929 in extreme north-west China.