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Avibase is an extensive database information system about all birds of the world, containing over 12 million records about 10,000 species and 22,000 subspecies of birds, including distribution information, taxonomy, synonyms in several languages and more. This site is managed by Denis Lepage and hosted by Bird Studies Canada, the Canadian copartner of Birdlife International. Avibase has been a work in progress since 1992 and I am now pleased to offer it as a service to the bird-watching and scientific community.

© Denis Lepage 2014 - Number of records currently in Avibase: 12,107,741 - Last update: 2014-06-23

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I am excited to announce a new important addition to Avibase, called myAvibase. This is a new section of the site that provides tools for planning your next birding trip and manage your own personal checklists. You can use maps and graphs to quickly see how many species can be found in a given region and at various times of year, for instance. If you import your own sightings in myAvibase, you can also view how many new species (lifers) you could add to your lifelist on your next trip and decide when and where you should go. For some additional details on the types of reports available, please click here.

People who participate in eBird can very simply import their lifelist from their eBird account with a click of a button. MyAvibase also offers more features, such as the ability to chose which taxonomy you want to follow (Clements, IOC, etc.) as well as the ability to compare your lifelist the various lists to each other. Best of all, myAvibase is available for free!. (Please understand however that I am unable to provide personalized support, and may not be able to respond to your requests for assistance).


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2014-06-25: Publishing in a peer-reviewed journal is always exciting, but this one feels really close to my heart! A new study published in the Open-Source journal Zookeys explains how the system I developed for Avibase using taxonomic concepts to organize species names can help address some of the issues related to scientific names. The 300-system devised by Linnaeus for handling taxonomic names is very good to attach names to specimens, but much less so to be used as a representation of a taxonomic concepts. This is a problem that is increasingly recognized, but Avibase is the first to provide and implement a solution on a large scale. You can read the Press Release launched today that summarizes the issue and the paper, as well as access the article for free on ZooKeys: http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.420.7089. I really thank my co-authors, Gaurav Vaidya and Robert Guralnick from University of Colorado, Boulder, without whom this paper would undoubtedly still sit in my to-do pile, where it had been languishing for several years, as well as the many people who have helped Avibase all these years. Happy reading!
 
2014-06-21: A new scientific paper is coming out this out that reveals some of the "secrets" of Avibase. I am very excited about this, as it represents a compilation of some of the innovative methods that I have been developing over the last many years to organize taxonomic names and concepts, in a way that addresses some of the challenges of scientific names. Keep an eye on this site for more details later this week!
 
2014-06-21: For the last few years, I have been working on a project to convert the Peter's Checklist of the Birds of the World, published in 16 volumes between 1931 and 1987, available in PDF format, into a usable database. With precious help from Jo Warnier, I am now very pleased to say that the first phase of this project is now completed, and that the database file can now be accessed freely in Avibase on this page: http://avibase.bsc-eoc.org/peterschecklist.jsp. The Peters' checklist represented the first global effort to compile all the bird species names into one single document, and is used extensively today as the basis for modern checklist efforts such as Clements, Howard and Moore, Handbook of the Birds of the World and the IOC checklist. I hope that you will find this useful!
 
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