NATURE WORLDWIDE: BIRDS

WORLD INSTITUTE FOR CONSERVATION & ENVIRONMENT, WICE

DISTRIBUTION OF BIRDS



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Distribution of birds

 

You can find the the distribution of birds in our checklists of all countries of the world: Just go to http://www.birdlist.org/site/regions.htm. In many of them you can find the bird names in its native language as well.

 

On the following sets of pages we have listed the complete lists of the 10,0032 bird species of the world in:

  1. English

  2. Français

  3. Español

  4. Nederlands

  5. Deutsch

  6. Português

 

How many species of birds are there?

We have composed a list of what the University of California and WICE consider to be the complete lists of bird species of the world. You may find other bird lists with different numbers.  Why is that? The answer is that there are several "species concepts" and those who adhere to one typically fight vigorously against those who adhere to another, and there is no real end in sight to the argument. In this issue there is no real right of wrong. After all, we're trying to fit millions of years of evolution into a series of nice, tidily organised list of bird species, and the world is not now nor has it ever been nice or tidy. So, if you find a longer or shorter list elsewhere, those lists are just slightly different from our bird list, but not better or worse.

 

If you want to read a bit more about how taxonomists deal with species, you can read about some international initiatives which focus in biodiversity/taxonomic issues. Species 2000 and ITIS are now working closely together, with collaboration from GBIF and All Species Foundation, to accelerate the process of assembling a "Catalogue of Life", i.e. a database of all known organisms, with complete synonymies. Among them:

GBIF: http://www.gbif.org/ 

http://www.sp2000.org.

All Species Foundation: www.all-species.org

Several conceptual discussions you may find at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Species

Another discussion is at: http://research.amnh.org/ornithology/crossbills/species.html

 

NON-ENGLISH BIRD NAMES

For your convenience and rapid page loading, they are cut up into ten pages each.

We have the following native language bird lists:

  • Bird list in Norwegian, 

  • Bird list in Finish, Swedish, 

  • Bird list in Danish, 

  • Bird list in Icelandic, Russian, 

  • Bird list in Estian, 

  • Bird list in Latvian, 

  • Bird list in Polish, 

  • Bird list in Hungarian, 

  • Bird list in Serbian, 

  • Bird list in Turkish, 

  • Bird list in Japanese, 

  • Bird list in Italian,

  • Bird list in Zuidafrikaans.

Non-english bird names are found on several European websites, usually only for European birds. The best one is: http://hem.fyristorg.com/vera/bird_names.htm. None of those site however have more names than we currently are showing in this website. We intend to list more and if you want the names of your country on your country's web page, just send us the list and we will put it up.


Translator - Birds of the Western Palearctic
Scientific, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
http://digilander.iol.it/avifauna/w_palearctic/translator.htm 

Bird Names - A Translation Index, Species of the European Union
Scientific, Deutsch, English, Español, Français, Itialiano, Nederlands
http://www.mumm.ac.be/~serge/birds/ 

Multilingual Bird search Engine (9716 species)
Scientific, English, Swedish, German, Spanish, Dutch, Esperanto, French, Hungarian, 
Danish, Italian, Norwegian, Finnish, Icelandic, Portuguese, Estonian 
http://www.knutas.com/birdsearch/ 

Babel Birdy - Bird Name Translation (Western Palearctic and World)
Scientific, German, English, French, Spanish
http://www.bavarianbirds.de/birdy_e.html 

Dutch - English - Scientific bird names 
http://home.swipnet.se/~w-58871/birdies/birdies.html 

Swedish - Dutch - English bird names 
http://hem.fyristorg.com/vera/bird_names.htm 

Birds of Sweden (in 17 languages)
http://home.swipnet.se/~w-58871/birdies/birdies.html 

 

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