November 10, 2021

Introducing Five New Languages in eBird

We are delighted to inform you that eBird has introduced about 100 bird names in five new south Asian languages- Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, and Telugu.  These names will be seen in eBird and Birds of the World (BoW). This is in addition to Malayalam and Marathi that are already supported. This is truly a south Asian effort with Bangladesh also joining in for standardised Bangla names for their birds in eBird and BoW.

To see the names reflected in your eBird App and eBird web account, see this pdf. 

In the near future, the team plans to have all bird names translated to the above languages. As of date, only Malayalam has all the bird names translated in regional language – including spuhs and slashes. 

We would like to thank all the following people who have helped in completing this exercise.

Assamese Jaydev Mandal, Rupam Bhaduri
Bengali Kanad Baidya, Sayam U. Chowdhury
Gujarati Maulik Varu, Dhaval Vargiya, Prasad Ganpule
Hindi Hakimuddin Saify, Monica Kaushik, Praver Mourya
Malayalam Abhinand C, C Sashikumar
Marathi Pooja Pawar, Saurabh Sawant 
Telugu Raja Bandi, Chandra Sekhar Bandi


This update should create a renewed interest in other south Asian languages to publish standardised names that can be adopted in eBird and BoW. South Asian collaboration opportunities exist for some of them – Punjabi, Tamil, Nepali, Urdu, and Sindhi to name a few.

Header Image: Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla by Sandip Das/ Macaulay Library

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Irshad Theba
Irshad Theba(@irshadtheba)
28 days ago


Harsh Vardhan
Harsh Vardhan
24 days ago

Making indigenous conservation appeal even more stronger this through language mode. How to convey appreciation to all those named in providing names in various regional languages — Kannada is missing. Thanks for informing.

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