RE: No of bird species in world

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Subject: RE: No of bird species in world
From: Paul van Gasse <>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 1999 13:22:31 +0100
Oh, the number of species is higher than that, even under the Biological 
Species Concept. Sibley and Monroe, in their monumental 1990 work, enumerated 
9,672 species, but their 1996 update already contained 9,946 species. And more 
recently (1998), M.G. Wells, in his 'World Bird Species Checklist: with 
alternative English and scientific names', lists 9,951 species.

So, I think it is rather safe to say that there are around 10,000 modern bird 
species in the world.

Paul Van Gasse
Kruibeke, Belgium

-----Original Message-----
From:   Julian Bielewicz [SMTP:
Sent:   Tuesday, January 19, 1999 10:03 AM
To:     Annette Cooke
Subject:        Re: No of bird species in world


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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