The IOC World Bird List is an open access project of the global community of ornithologists. Our goal is to facilitate worldwide communication in ornithology and conservation based on an up-to-date list of world birds. As the first step towards this goal, a worldwide group of ornithologists representing the International Ornithologists’ Committee recommended a set of English names that followed explicit guidelines for spelling and construction (Gill & Wright 2006).
Bird names and taxonomy, however, are subject to dynamic revision. Therefore, a new team updates quarterly the web-based version of the list. The updates include changes of recommended names or classification, additions of newly described species, corrections of nomenclature, and updates of species taxonomy. The online list of world bird species now includes subspecies and recently extinct ones. It provides the species taxonomy for many databases, including Wikipedia Commons, and regional works worldwide. It complements other primary world bird lists that differ slightly in their primary goals and taxonomic philosophy, i.e. Clements Checklist, Howard & Moore 4, and Bird Life International/HBW.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frank Gill & David Donsker (Editors)
This Website provides:
- HTML lists of 10,567 extant species and 149 extinct species of birds of the world (Version 5.2), with subspecies (20,803) and annotations.
- Spreadsheets in different formats, XML versions of the Master List, and Comparisons with other world lists.
- Classification of 40 Orders, 238 Families (plus 2 Incertae sedis), 2277 Genera
- Updates of new species and proposed splits, taxonomic revisions, and changes of names.
- Spelling guidelines for English bird names, including On hyphens and phylogeny (WJO 2009)
Gill, F & D Donsker (Eds). 2015. IOC World Bird List (v 5.2). doi : 10.14344/IOC.ML.5.2.