The Biodiversity of Birds

The world's bird species— a total over 10,000— are spread across all seven continents, and across a vast majority of the world’s ecosystems.

September 22, 2020

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The Biodiversity of Birds


Birds are an incredibly successful and diverse group of animals. 

In this episode, you’ll get an overview of the origin of avian species diversity and its present-day distribution across the planet.

I offer some definitions of ‘biodiversity’ with respect to birds. We’ll discuss why this diversity is important.

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Clarification - 7:25 - I say that the Clements Checklist has 10,721 bird species. This is true. However, this number includes about 160 extinct species. So this means there are 10,561 extant (i.e. living, non-extinct) bird species on the planet today.

This work by Ivan Phillipsen is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

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