Thanks to eBirders from around the world, the Macaulay Library now has photos of more than 10,000 species—that’s 93% of the extant species on Earth! These photos are a powerful resource for research, education, and conservation. As we develop and expand Merlin Bird ID, Illustrated Checklists, and other useful applications, we want to fill in the gaps. Currently, we are missing photos of 823 species, including 573 species that have been reported in eBird in the last ten years. Can you photograph a missing species?
We have even more of a challenge with audio. Thanks to contributions from eBirders and sound recordists dating back decades, we have audio recordings for 8,561 species. This leaves 1,991 holes in our collection, 1,747 of which have been reported in eBird in the last ten years.
Downloadable Excel file: Macaulay Library Targets
Missing Species: Species with 0 photos or species with 0 audio recordings in the Macaulay Library.
Target Species: Species with fewer than 50 photos or fewer than 10 audio recordings in the Macaulay Library.
The list includes five sheets. ML Media Totals provides a list of how many photos and audio recordings we have in our public collection. The other four sheets allow you to search Missing Species and Target Species by country and continent. These lists are based on eBird data from the last ten years, so anything older than ten years will not be represented on the country lists. In all cases, the photo total and audio total will be for the world, not that particular country.
To explore the Macaulay Library Targets Google Sheet:
- Open the link
- Select the desired tab
- Go to Data, Filter views, Create new temporary filter view
- Click the filter icon on the desired column (e.g., Country)
- Click Clear, then search for your desired country and click to select it
- Click OK to engage the filter
You can also sort by eBird Frequency to see which of the targets is most often detected in that country.
If you have media you want to upload but don’t have an eBird checklist, click here to learn how to create historic eBird checklists and upload your media.
The following two maps show countries shaded by how many of our Missing Species occur there.