Requesting media

Media files include: maps, photographs, figures, audio and video files.

You must obtain permission directly from Birds of the World/Macaulay Library in order to use any of our content in any fashion. Some of our content has been licensed for one-time usage, so we may not have permission to distribute or allow you to use. In these instances, you will need to contact the content creator directly to request the image itself and permission for usage.

Color Plates/Illustrations

While we own the digital rights for color plates and illustrations, Cornell Lab of Ornithology regrettably cannot fulfill digital usage requests outside of our organization.

The print rights are owned by Lynx Edicions; all print queries should be directed to:


Currently, we source range maps from eBird, BirdLife International, and NatureServe/Robert Ridgely. We are no longer providing access to the simpler eBird range maps, but you can examine the new eBird Status and Trends pages to see if there is a seasonal abundance range map for your species. Those are downloadable for free. Please credit the source. No other eBird maps are available through BOW.

Maps credited to Robert Ridgely/Nature Serve are not available through us.

Those labeled Lynx Edicions/BirdLife International were first published in the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World and the copyright is held by BirdLife International. Thus, please inquire with BirdLife at


Photo, Videos, Audio Recordings

If you wish to use a photo, video or audio recording for any purpose, first verify from what source the audio and/or video content is derived.  Most, but not all, of our photo, audio and video content comes directly from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Macaulay Library.  If the data for the photo, audio or video file shows that the content is from Macaulay Library, then contact the Macaulay Library directly. They can be reached at 607-254-2456 or by emailing:

Want to embed Macaulay Library media on a blog or website?

It’s easy to embed Macaulay Library media on websites or other pages on the internet. The appropriate data and credit will automatically display along with the image, sound, or video. Simply go to the Macaulay Library page of the piece of media you are interested in and click “Embed.” From the embed menu, choose your preferred size, then click “Copy” to copy the HTML code for use on your page.