"Wisdom begins with putting the right name on a thing"
(Old Chinese Proverb)


Per Alström
Mike Blair
Rauri Bowie
Nigel Redman
Jon Fjeldsa
Phil Gregory
Leo Joseph
Peter Kovalik
Adolfo Navarro-Siguenza
David Parkin
Alan Peterson
Douglas Pratt
Pam Rasmussen
Frank Rheindt
Robert Ridgely
Peter Ryan
George Sangster
Dick Schodde
Minturn Wright


The IOC World Bird List is an open access resource of the international community of ornithologists. Our goal is to facilitate worldwide communication in ornithology and conservation based on an  up-to-date classification of world birds and a set of English names that follow explicit guidelines for spelling and construction.

To keep up with the active industry of taxonomic revisions, the IOC editorial team and advisors update the web-based list quarterly.  The updates include changes of recommended names or classification, additions of newly described species, corrections of nomenclature, and updates of species taxonomy.

The IOC World Bird List complements three other primary world bird lists that differ slightly in their primary goals and taxonomic philosophy, i.e. The Clements Checklist of the Birds of the World, The Howard & Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World, 4th Edition, and HBW Alive/Bird Life International.  Improved alignment of these independent taxonomic works is a goal of the newly structured International Ornithologists Union, including a Round Table discussion at the 2018 meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Click here for a working comparison of alternative world lists.

Special thanks always to our expert advisors (left panel), to Sally Conyne for compiling Ranges, to Eng-Li Green for website management, to Larry Master and Colin Campbell for photos, to Peter Kovalik for spreadsheet magic, and to all volunteer participants. We welcome your corrections and your suggestions for improvement.  You can reach us at worldbirdnames@gmail.com.

Frank Gill & David Donsker (Editors)

This Website provides:

Suggested Citation:

Gill, F & D Donsker (Eds). 2018. IOC World Bird List (v8.1). doi :  10.14344/IOC.ML.8.1.