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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?
Clements taxonomic update in progress
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.
A new species of berrypecker discovered in New Guinea
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)
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.
Tundra and Taiga Bean-Goose: Like ’em or Lump ’em?
August 10, 2020
Waterfowl taxonomy is notoriously challenging, in part owing to morphological similarities between and within groups that can obscure patterns of divergence (Mowbray et al. 2020).
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
New Feature: Bird Families of the World
January 20, 2020
One of the most exciting features in Birds of the World is the new Bird Families of the World Explorer, which provides visual and interactive overviews of all 249 bird families along with in-depth summaries of recent scientific literature of the relationships of each family.
Understanding Birds of the World Taxonomy
December 25, 2019
Birds of the World had its origins in three separate projects and each differed, to a greater or a lesser degree, in taxonomy. This article explains how we applied a single taxonomy, the eBird/Clements Checklist (Clements), across all of its content and explains our attempts to align the BirdLife/HBW taxonomy with that of Clements.
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