If you enjoy watching birds you probably have at least one bird book you use for helping to identify species. And if you travel to different countries, you may well have a collection of bird books. Bird books, also called field guides, often display many related species on the same page; or if not the same page, then on nearby pages. This lets one glance from species to species, compare the similarities and differences, and more easily identify a species you are not familiar with.
This website is designed to serve as an online bird book. For ease of comparison, there are many species of birds on a web page. There are also links to similar birds that further help to compare species. And there are links to more online information for each species. The web pages are organized by genus and bird family. Families are often grouped together by related functions. For example, there are raptor pages for eagles, falcons, hawks, kites, owls, and vultures.
World Index for Bird Species.
This index is arranged by species of bird. For example, to find the link for Ruddy Duck, look for the entry "Duck, Ruddy". The species Indian Whistling-Duck is entered in the index as "Duck, Indian Whistling-".
Continent Indexes: N. America, S. America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia etc.
"Birds of the World" is also organized by continent. If you are trying to identify a duck that was photographed in Africa, you may not want to be distracted by ducks that are found in North America. Thus there are indexes for the various continents. The index for "Australia etc." lists birds for Australia and New Zealand as well as Indonesia, Malaysia, New Guinea and the Philippines. Some of these countries are tradiionally considered to be part of Asia, but Asia is such a vast continent I have chosen to list species for thiese countries with their Australian neignbors.
Categories are provided to help identify a bird and also display its relatives.
All photos on this site are available for general use. If you use a photo please credit the photographer. Some images have additional constraints such as no commercial use or no modifications. Click the photo credit link for license details.
Contributing your Photos
If you have a photo that you think would be useful to this Birds of The World website, please submit it to Dick Daniels. As mentioned above, only photos that are in the public domain will be accepted. The following brief article lists 6 different public domain licenses that have been developed by Creative Commons.
Recent Trip - Madagascar
October 31. We ae just finishing a 17 day visit to Madagascar. Bird photos can be seen via this link.
November 14. After Madgascar we went to Kenya. Bird photos can be seen via this link.
Some of my Favorite Photos