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BOW Team 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!
Aiman Raza, University of Maryland, Baltimore County August 14, 2020
Birds of the World is working with several educators and institutions to help students produce revisions of species accounts. Aiman Raza is an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and has been working with Dr.
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.
Shawn Billerman 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).
BOW Authors 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.
Kathi Borgmann July 10, 2020
Nobody knows raptors better than Jerry Liguori—the authority on North American hawks. Liguori has authored numerous articles and three authoritative, must-have books on raptor identification, as well as a ground-breaking video-focused raptor ID app.
Sartaj Ghuman June 10, 2020
First described in 1873 by Allan Octavian Hume, the Narcondam Hornbill (Rhyticeros narcondami) remains as much an enigma as it was when first spotted. As Hume’s ship approached the island, the large white-tailed birds seen flying from tree to tree were mistaken to be Nicobar pigeons that the party had been seeing a lot of.
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