Javan Banded Pitta, James Eaton

Javan Banded-Pitta Hydronris guajanus

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The Internet Bird Collection has a new home

IBC contributors shared thousands of photos, recordings, and videos creating an essential media collection. That important collection will now be part of the Macaulay Library to further research, conservation, and education.

The Internet Bird Collection at the Macaulay Library

305,857 photos
10,503 species
Crested Bunting, Lars Petersson

Crested Bunting Emberiza lathami

Top photo contributors Photos Species
1 Lars Petersson 11,129 4,467
2 Josep del Hoyo 10,961 4,180
3 Holger Teichmann 7,043 3,001
4 Lukasz Pulawski 5,877 879
5 Stanislav Harvančík 5,520 1,061
6 Éric Roualet 4,053 883
7 Ken Havard 3,619 2,758
8 Antonio Rodríguez Sinovas 3,379 621
9 Margareta Wieser 3,199 628
10 Andrew Emmerson 3,192 920
21,077 recordings
6,825 species
Giant Coua, Holger Teichmann

Giant Coua Coua gigas

Top audio contributors Recordings Species
1 Josep del Hoyo 4,207 2,227
2 Éric Roualet 1,123 448
3 Nick Talbot 1,089 496
4 Phil Gregory 880 611
5 Niels Poul Dreyer 827 660
6 Joe Angseesing 625 495
7 Nick Athanas 472 466
8 Hervé Jacob 433 326
9 Alok Tewari 367 189
10 Desmond Allen 357 331
139,559 videos
9,221 species
Red-throated Loon, Josep del Hoyo

Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata

Top video contributors Videos Species
1 Josep del Hoyo 35,949 5,628
2 Pieter de Groot Boersma 7,912 2,345
3 Martin Kennewell 6,599 2,695
4 Juan Sanabria 6,122 1,659
5 Greg Baker 5,614 2,507
6 Jesús Laborda 3,740 213
7 Keith Blomerley 3,331 2,359
8 Yoël Jimenez 2,987 1,813
9 Daniêl Jimenez 2,755 1,766
10 Éric Roualet 2,677 661

About the collection

In 2002, Josep del Hoyo founded the Internet Bird Collection as a collective project with two goals: to document all of the world’s birds through videos, photos, or audio recordings; and to capture as much geographic variation and behavior as possible for every species. The global birding community responded to this initiative in an overwhelming way, building a valuable multimedia resource for birders, ornithologists, and conservationists.

Thanks to the efforts of 4,300+ contributors, the Internet Bird Collection now contains over 460,000 pieces of media, representing more than 96% of all the world’s birds! This includes over 300,000 photos of 10,000+ species and more than 20,000 audio recordings of nearly 7,000 species. But perhaps the greatest legacy of the Internet Bird Collection is the incredible effort that contributors have made to highlight avian behavior and diversity through videos. Led by Josep del Hoyo, who has personally documented more than 5,628 species with his 35,000 videos, the IBC community has captured video of more than 9,200 species, or 85% of all the world’s birds.

The Internet Bird Collection now has a new home at the Macaulay Library, where it will be permanently preserved for future generations. The Macaulay Library welcomes the IBC community to the Cornell Lab, where we share a passion for observing, documenting, and conserving the world’s birds!