News

Desert Owl (Strix hadorami) by Jens Eriksen (ML63556211)
BOW Team August 19, 2021
Why is each species named what it is? And what do these names reveal about the birds themselves?
Festive Coquette ML256101871
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.
José Luis Copete July 29, 2021
A new species of Melanocharis berrypecker (Melanocharitidae) was discovered during a recent ornithological expedition to the Kumawa Mountains in West Papua, in the cloud forest at an elevation of 1200 m. It has been named Satin Berrypecker (Melanocharis citreola)
meadowlark image
The Cornell Lab June 24, 2021
Big News from the Lab of Ornithology!! Now Merlin Bird ID - a handheld app for your smartphone - will help you ID the birds you hear!
Black-necked Stilt (Hawaiian) ML326627041
José Luis Copete June 15, 2021
Waders rarely exhibit cooperative breeding behaviors. However, published for the first time, are observations of cooperative breeding in multiple populations of Hawaiian Stilts (Himantopus mexicanus knudseni) on two different islands.
Urich's Tyrannulet ML344661901
American Bird Conservancy June 8, 2021
An expedition team in Venezuela, led by ornithologist David Ascanio and supported by American Bird Conservancy (ABC), rediscovered the Urich’s Tyrannulet last month.
Eurasian Blackcap ML313529341
José Luis Copete May 5, 2021
Eurasian Blackcap used to be a scarce wintering bird in the UK and Ireland, but the occurrence of overwintering Blackcaps has increased along with the popularity of bird feeding. These birds migrate from central Europe, in which has become a new migration route to spend the winter near the artificial feeding stations.
Yellow Warbler ML328575371
José Luis Copete April 21, 2021
Most of us feel soothed and relaxed when walking through nature. One of the reasons is because listening to birdsong produces stress relief, and a feeling of pleasure or well-being, which directly affects our health.
Eurasian Hoopoe (Eurasian) ML312949531
José Luis Copete March 12, 2021
Far-reaching properties of bacteria in the Eurasian Hoopoe's uropygial secretions reveal complex interactions between bacteria and their feathered host.
Black-browed Babbler © M. Suranto
José Luis Copete February 26, 2021
Stories about rediscoveries of ‘lost’ species make for exciting ornithological news, and Asia has captured much attention for several recent discoveries. All the previous cases, however, are obscured by the magnitude of the present case: the rediscovery of the Black-browed Babbler.