eBird Tips & Tricks

Tips for using eBird, including taxonomy related, and details of functionality


Every year in August the bird taxonomy across the world gets updated based on eBird/Clements checklist. Birders in India can heave a sigh of relief as the changes this year for us are minor and less complicated compared to the global taxonomy. Some of these updates include lumps and splits in species; name changes; addition of spuhs, slashes and so… read more »

eBird India taxonomy 2019


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Cross-posted from http://ebird.org/content/india/news/using-ebird-india-portal/ If you are an eBirder from India, please ensure that your lists are tagged as part of the eBird India portal, and you will be helping India meet its international biodiversity commitments. How so? Read on to find out! What is the eBird India portal? The eBird India portal was launched on 15 August 2015. The India… read more »

Using eBird through the India portal


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All of us love birds and identifying them. Part of the joy of birding is to be able to correctly put a name to a bird based on observations and features noted in the field. However, as one birds more, one also accepts that it is not always possible to identify every bird one encounters. We often hear a call… read more »

Slashes and Spuhs




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The eBird app for mobile phones was launched in 2015 and now more and more birders keep track of their sightings directly on the app, while they are out in the field. The app is available for iPhone and Android phones, and has a number of very nice features, which you can read about in the main help article about… read more »

eBird Mobile





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Each year, eBird updates the base eBird/Clements checklist to take into account any changes resulting from newly discovered species or better taxonomic understanding — including species splits, lumps, name changes and changes in sequence. In addition, various new helpful options for data entry for birds that cannot be identified to species are added, e.g. spuhs, slashes, hybrids, and domestic forms. The 2016 update for the… read more »

eBird India taxonomy 2016






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Update, June 2015: for those with iPhones, please use the new eBird app for iOS. For Android users, the information below still applies. The best way to get the full eBird experience is through the website, where you can upload your observations, look at information summaries for India, check out your nearby hotspots, explore maps for different species, examine seasonality,… read more »

Using smartphone apps with eBird