News

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.
Eurasian Reed Warbler (Eurasian) ML204673471
José Luis Copete February 23, 2021
New research is challenging the assumption that previous migratory experience is necessary for birds to correct themselves when blown off course during migration. A study of Eurasian Reed Warblers shows birds can use a combination of cues derived from the Earth’s magnetic field to detect a displacement, even if all of these cues are of unfamiliar magnitude.
Selayar Leaf Warbler by James Eaton
José Luis Copete February 12, 2021
A deeper look at how ongoing biological expeditions in the remote montane forests in southeast Asia, coupled with acute hearing (good ears!) and professional sound recording analysis, led to the discovery of 10 new taxa and as-yet-undescribed leaf warbler on the remote islands of Indonesia.
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BOW Team 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.
Northern Wheatear (Eurasian) ML204639371
BOW Team November 18, 2020
We're happy to bring you a long list of recently revised species accounts. Read on for a full list and an overview of several notable updates.
Black-bellied Plover ML98953291
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 and other colleagues in the Dr. Kevin Omland Lab
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.
Guianan Cock-of-the-rock ML81752241
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.
Tundra Bean-Goose ML50202101
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).
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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.