Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Snake & Serpent Eagles

We now have a new page for all of the worlds Snake & Serpent Eagles
Crested Serpent-Eagle
Crested Serpent Eagle
Photo by Arun P Singh © all rights reserved
Visit his superb photo collection

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Old World Vultures

We now have a new page for all the old world vultures.

3352 Palm-nut Vulture Gypohierax angolensis Least Concern TSN: 175478
3353 Lammergeier Gypaetus barbatus Least Concern TSN: 175483
3354 Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus Endangered TSN: 175481
3355 Hooded Vulture Necrosyrtes monachus Endangered TSN: 561476
3356 White-backed Vulture Gyps africanus Near Threatened TSN: 560343
3357 White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis Critically Endangered TSN: 175485
3358 Long-billed Vulture Gyps indicus Critically Endangered TSN: 175489
3359 Rueppell's Griffon Gyps rueppellii Near Threatened TSN: 175490
3360 Himalayan Griffon Gyps himalayensis Least Concern TSN: 175488
3361 Eurasian Griffon Gyps fulvus Least Concern TSN: 175487
3362 Cape Griffon Gyps coprotheres Vulnerable TSN: 175486
N/A Slender-billed Vulture Gyps tenuirostris Critically Endangered TSN: 175489
3363 Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus Near Threatened TSN: 175494
3364 Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotus Vulnerable TSN: 563501
3365 White-headed Vulture Trigonoceps occipitalis Critically Endangered TSN: 175497
3366 Red-headed Vulture Sarcogyps calvus Critically Endangered TSN: 175492

Sunday, November 13, 2011


We have created new pages for all the Griffin Vultures, some of which are in serious trouble.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Four Specialized Vultures

Four unique birds. The Palm-nut Vulture has become almost vegetarian, The Hooded Vulture is smaller than other Vultures in its range so has become a specialist at getting the scraps using its narrow bill. The Egyption Vulture throws stones at Ostrich eggs to break them and the Lammergeier drops bones onto rocks to break them into manageable pieces. They have evolved to reduce competition between the species. They each have a new page with more info, images & sounds.
3352 Palm-nut Vulture Gypohierax angolensis Least Concern TSN: 175478
3353 Lammergeier Gypaetus barbatus Least Concern TSN: 175483
3354 Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus Endangered TSN: 175481
3355 Hooded Vulture Necrosyrtes monachus Endangered TSN: 561476

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Ichthyophaga Fish Eagles

New pages for the smaller fish eagles.
Photo by Amit Mishra November 25, 2007 © all rights reserved
Taken in the

Dudhwa National Park , Uttar Pradesh, India.

     Lesser Fish-Eagle Ichthyophaga humilis Near Threatened TSN: 560564
     Grey-headed Fish-Eagle Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus Near Threatened TSN: 175475

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fish Eagles - Sea Eagles - Haliaeetus

We have new pages of the birds below, with more maps, photos, videos, sound recordings and data.
Photo by Pete Morris © all rights reserved (Birdquest)
Steller's Sea Eagle
This genus (Haliaeetus ) contains the largest eagle in the world & three out of the 5 largest.
3342 White-bellied Fish-Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster Least Concern TSN: 175424
3343 Sanford's Fish-Eagle Haliaeetus sanfordi Vulnerable TSN: 175426
3344 African Fish-Eagle Haliaeetus vocifer Least Concern TSN: 175427
3345 Madagascar Fish-Eagle Haliaeetus vociferoides Critically Endangered TSN: 175428
3346 Pallas's Sea-Eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus Vulnerable TSN: 175425
3347 White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla Least Concern TSN: 175419
3348 Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus Least Concern TSN: 175420
3349 Steller's Sea-Eagle Haliaeetus pelagicus Vulnerable TSN: 175423

Friday, October 21, 2011

Kites, Bat Hawk & Honey Buzzards

We have a new page for all the Kites, more photos, video, sound recordings and data.
The Kites are a loose group of beautiful graceful raptors in the Acciptridae family.

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Red Kite Photo by Keith Murdock 7th Feb 2009 © all rights reserved 
3313 Grey-headed Kite Leptodon cayanensis Least Concern TSN: 175447
3314 White-collared Kite Leptodon forbesi Critically Endangered TSN: 560767
3315 Hook-billed Kite Chondrohierax uncinatus Least Concern TSN: 202240
3316 Long-tailed Honey-buzzard Henicopernis longicauda Least Concern TSN: 175452
3317 Black Honey-buzzard Henicopernis infuscatus Vulnerable TSN: 175451
3318 European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus Least Concern TSN: 175454
3319 Oriental Honey-buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncus Least Concern TSN: 175456
3320 Barred Honey-buzzard Pernis celebensis Least Concern TSN: 175455
3321 Square-tailed Kite Lophoictinia isura Least Concern TSN: 175465
3322 Black-breasted Buzzard Hamirostra melanosternon Least Concern TSN: 175467
3323 Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus Least Concern TSN: 175289
3324 Bat Hawk Macheiramphus alcinus Least Concern TSN: 175458
3325 Pearl Kite Gampsonyx swainsonii Least Concern TSN: 175460
3326 Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus Least Concern TSN: 175284
3327 Black-shouldered Kite Elanus axillaris Least Concern TSN: 559864
3328 White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus Least Concern TSN: 175282
3329 Letter-winged Kite Elanus scriptus Near Threatened TSN: 175287
3330 Scissor-tailed Kite Chelictinia riocourii Least Concern TSN: 559183
3331 Snail Kite Rostrhamus sociabilis Least Concern TSN: 175295
3332 Slender-billed Kite Helicolestes hamatus Least Concern TSN: 175298
3333 Double-toothed Kite Harpagus bidentatus Least Concern TSN: 175462
3334 Rufous-thighed Kite Harpagus diodon Least Concern TSN: 175463
3335 Mississippi Kite Ictinia mississippiensis Least Concern TSN: 554268
3336 Plumbeous Kite Ictinia plumbea Least Concern TSN: 175293
3337 Red Kite Milvus milvus Least Concern TSN: 175470
3338 Black Kite Milvus migrans Least Concern TSN: 175469
3339 Black-eared Kite Milvus lineatus Least Concern TSN: 561120
N/A Yellow-billed Kite Milvus aegyptius Least Concern TSN: 175469
3340 Whistling Kite Haliastur sphenurus Least Concern TSN: 175473
3341 Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus Least Concern TSN: 175472

Monday, October 10, 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

Milestone for "The Friends of Worldbirds"

The Friends of Worldbirds now has over 50,000 photos in it's photo bank. I would like to say a great big thankyou to the 1,351 members and to every one @ Flickr. Also everyone else that has helped or contributed to the Worldbird web site. You can see the slide show on the Worldbird homepage.
I haven't posted a photo because I couldn't pick a favourite out of so many fantastic images.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Kite, Hawks Baza, Vultures, Eagles & Harriers.

The Hawk Family
We have a new page for the Hawk family and are working on each individual species page.
Great Philippine Eagle

The Worlds tallest Eagle

Photo by Neon2rossel © all rights reserved

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Osprey split

New page for the Ospreys, Follow links to see more.

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A fantastic photo by supercilium June 06 all rights reserved
World No Common Name Scientific Name Status Taxon Serial Number
3307 Osprey Pandion haliaetus Least Concern TSN: 175590
Eastern Osprey Pandion cristatus Least Concern ? TSN: 175590

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Coolest birds on the planet.

Along with the Rock-loving Cisticola, the Wandering Whistling-Duck are the coolest birds on the block.

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Photo January 31, 2006 by NatureAtYourBackyard © all rights reserved

Now the Whistling Ducks have a new page.Dendrocygnidae , and each species also has a new page.

344 Spotted Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna guttata Least Concern TSN: 175051
345 Plumed Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna eytoni Least Concern TSN: 175050
346 Fulvous Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna bicolor Least Concern TSN: 175046
347 Wandering Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna arcuata Least Concern TSN: 175049
348 Lesser Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna javanica Least Concern TSN: 175052
349 White-faced Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna viduata Least Concern TSN: 175053
350 West Indian Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna arborea Vulnerable    TSN: 175048
351 Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis Least Concern TSN: 175044
352 White-backed Duck Thalassornis leuconotus Least Concern TSN: 175253

Monday, September 19, 2011

Great new page for the Penguin Family

New style page for the penguins and more photos, data, videos, sound recordings & slideshows.
Penguins aren't doing well, they need our help.

They would really appreciate your help.
Penguin numbers are going down.
WORLD N0 NAME SCIENTIFIC NAME Status Taxon Serial Number
3828 King Penguin Aptenodytes patagonicus Least Concern TSN: 174450
3829 Emperor Penguin Aptenodytes forsteri Least Concern TSN: 174449
3830 Gentoo Penguin Pygoscelis papua Near Threatened TSN: 174447
3831 Adelie Penguin Pygoscelis adeliae Least Concern TSN: 174445
3832 Chinstrap Penguin Pygoscelis antarctica Least Concern TSN: 723249
3833 Western Rockhopper Penguin Eudyptes chrysocome Vulnerable TSN: 559996
3834 Fiordland Penguin Eudyptes pachyrhynchus Vulnerable TSN: 174454
3835 Snares Penguin Eudyptes robustus Vulnerable TSN: 559997
3836 Erect-crested Penguin Eudyptes sclateri Endangered TSN: 174455
3837 Macaroni Penguin Eudyptes chrysolophus Vulnerable TSN: 174452
3838 Royal Penguin Eudyptes schlegeli Vulnerable TSN: 559998
3839 Yellow-eyed Penguin Megadyptes antipodes Endangered TSN: 174457
3840 Little Penguin Eudyptula minor Least Concern TSN: 723273
3841 Jackass Penguin Spheniscus demersus Endangered TSN: 174462
3842 Humboldt Penguin Spheniscus humboldti Vulnerable TSN: 174463
3843 Magellanic Penguin Spheniscus magellanicus Near Threatened TSN: 174464
3844 Galapagos Penguin Spheniscus mendiculus Endangered TSN: 174465

Thursday, September 15, 2011


A bird which inspired Charles Darwin.
view photos Photo July 4, 2007 by snikrap © All rights reserved
Why not go Island hopping. We now have a page for the following Islands
More photos & slideshows. A must if you plan to visit the islands or if you are interested about the distribution of birds on the Islands.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Killing Albatross

It is considered bad luck to kill an albatross, so how much bad luck to kill a species. We aren't only threatening one species but all species of Albatross. Albatross will go the same way as the dodo if we don't make our oceans a safe, clean and productive, place for them.

Slide show courtesy The Friends Of Worldbirds
© all rights reserved

We are creating a new look page for them which hi-lights their plight.
World Number Common Name Scientific Name Status Taxon Serial Number
3929 Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans Vulnerable TSN: 723282
Antipodean Albatross Diomedea (exulans) antipodensis Vulnerable TSN: 174525
Tristan Albatross Diomedea (exulans) dabbenena Critically Endangered TSN: 723281
3930 Amsterdam Island Albatross Diomedea amsterdamensis Critically Endangered TSN: 723280
3931 Southern Royal Albatross Diomedea epomophora Vulnerable TSN: 723277
Northern Royal Albatross Diomedea (epomorpha) sanfordi Endangered TSN: 723278
3932 Waved Albatross Diomedea irrorata Critically Endangered TSN: 562021
3933 Short-tailed Albatross Diomedea albatrus Vulnerable TSN: 554377
3934 Black-footed Albatross Diomedea nigripes Endangered TSN: 554379
3935 Laysan Albatross Diomedea immutabilis Near Threatened TSN: 554378
3936 Black-browed Albatross Diomedea melanophris Endangered TSN: 723285
3937 Shy Albatross Thalassarche cauta Near Threatened TSN: 554451
3938 Grey-headed Albatross Diomedea chrysostoma Vulnerable TSN: 563381
3939 Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross Diomedea chlororhynchos Endangered TSN: 554452
3940 Buller's Albatross Diomedea bulleri Near Threatened TSN: 563380
3941 Sooty Albatross Phoebetria fusca Endangered TSN: 174530
3942 Light-mantled Albatross Phoebetria palpebrata Near Threatened TSN: 174530
Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross Thalassarche carteri Endangered TSN: 554452
Chatham Albatross Thalassarche eremita Vulnerable TSN: 723287
Campbell Albatross Thalassarche impavida Vulnerable TSN: 723284
There are links to Birdlife Int, please support their efforts to protect these and other species.  We must stop using the sea as a dumping ground, we must ban all long line fishing and we must protect there nest sites.