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New feature: The Key to Scientific Bird Names, Edited by James Jobling
August 19, 2021
Why is each species named what it is? And what do these names reveal about the birds themselves?
How bird feeders shape patterns of migration and ecomorphology in the Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)
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.
Bird soundscapes can improve our health
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.
New Taxonomy Explorer brings regional filters and visual family index to Birds of the World
December 21, 2020
Birds of the World just released the new Taxonomy Explorer, a feature that checks two big items off our collective wish list: regional filters and visual family index. The tool provides limitless exploration of Birds of the World and will be extremely helpful for research, birding, and teaching about birds.
New Feature: Common names available in 43 languages plus 35 regional dialects
September 3, 2020
Obviously, multilingualism is important for a global resource like Birds of the World. The Cornell Lab now offers bird common names in 43 languages plus 35 regional dialects – that’s 78 variations in all, including 15 versions for English, 15 for Spanish, and 6 for French!
How to Contribute to Birds of the World
Paul G Rodewald
August 12, 2020
Birds of the World (BOW) engages a global community of contributors inspired by playing a part in the world’s largest, most comprehensive ornithological resource. Contributors play a central role in maintaining the depth and accuracy of the resource.
Updates: Cuckoos, Cormorant, Cotinga, and lots more
August 4, 2020
This week we have a long list of species profile updates to report. Species such as the metallic burgundy Pompadour Cotinga; the striking Sangkar White-eye; and the plump, orange-crowned Wrenthrush just received new treatments by our global editorial team.
New Feature: Multilingual Common Name Display Preferences
May 22, 2020
We are happy to report that users can now display common names for each species in over 30 languages.
Updates: Andean Flamingo, Dark Newtonia, and Pine Grosbeak
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.
An epic year for
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
The Cornell Lab