Re: No of bird species in world

To: "Annette Cooke" <>
Subject: Re: No of bird species in world
From: Julian Bielewicz <>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 1999 19:03:08 +1000

I'd get ready to buy your friend that bottle of good (Australian) wine.

The exact number of world species remains a little debatabe and depends on
which authority you follow BUT they all agree at around 9000 (eg Handbook of
the Birds of the World).


>I had always thought that there was something like 1200 species in the world. 

Australia alone come in at around 800 these days and Africa and South
America overshadow even that!

Julian Bielewicz
Past President
Queensland Ornithological Society

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Kippa-Ring, Q. 4021

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