Library Resource Spotlight: Birds of the World

Birds of North America is now Birds of the World!

A male Blue Jay perched on an icy rail

Birds of the World is a powerful research resource that provides species' biology, taxonomy, life history, songs, video, research citations, and more.

Library Resource Spotlight: Birds of the World

Birds of North America is now Birds of the World!

Birds of the World is a powerful research resource that provides species' biology, taxonomy, life history, songs, video, research citations, and more.

A male Blue Jay perched on an icy rail

Birds of the World is a powerful research resource that provides species' biology, taxonomy, life history, songs, video, research citations, and more.

Brand new from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, this encyclopedia of all things avian includes over 10,700 species in full, glorious detail.  Check out the unusual mating dance of Victoria’s Riflebird, wonder at the extravagant plumage of the Crested Quetzal, learn about the dietary preferences of the Southern Rockhopper Penguin and answer the eternal question: does the Northern Screamer deserve its name?

Birds of the World isn’t just fun and educational; it is a powerful research resource including the deep scholarly content of Birds of North America, The Handbook of Birds of the World, Neotropical Birds, and Bird Families of the World.  Each species account includes biology, taxonomy, life history, range information, research citations and more.  Inclusion of the Macaulay Library of over 16 million media objects links each species to a wealth of images, video and audio song files.

April is Citizen Science Month. Integrated into Birds of the World is eBird, the world’s largest biodiversity citizen science project, with over 100 million new bird sightings added each year.  This provides both a powerful platform for conservation biologists and a great source for birdwatchers looking to map local birding hotspots.

Check out Birds of the World and other environmental databases on our Environment Library Guide. And on a final note, here is the song of Nevada’s State Bird, the Mountain Bluebird.

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