No of bird species in world

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Subject: No of bird species in world
From: "Annette Cooke" <>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 1999 05:51:37 +0900
This is probably basic, but I had always thought that there was something like 1200 species in the world.  Just picked up a book out of the library which estimates 8 or 9,000.  I now have a bet on with a friend with a good bottle of wine at stake.  Can someone enlighten me.  I spent hours last night going through books at home but could not find a figure.
Annette Cooke
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