About Field Guide: Birds of the World
This is not just another group for people to post random photos of birds, but it is an attempt to build an online Identification Guide of the birds of the world. The features of the bird must be clearly visible in your photo and the bird must be positively identified and tagged with its scientific (Latin) name (see below).
BEFORE POSTING A PHOTO TO THE POOL, PLEASE REFER TO THE RULES AND GUIDELINES BELOW (scroll down)!
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This group is a resource containing photos of over 7000 species of birds. You can view all the photos of any particular species by using our hyperlink indexes. These are alphabetical lists of bird names and by clicking on the name you will see all the photos we hold of that species. They are arranged alphabetically, either by common name, scientific name or group name. Click below to go straight to an index:
Common name index : : : Scientific (Latin) name index : : : Species group name index
If you require help identifying a bird, please ask in our Bird ID Help Line thread. Remember to say where the photo was taken.
Every now and then we pick a new photo from within the pool to be our group icon. This “featured photo” is shown below in all its glory (scroll down to the bottom).
Remember, please follow the rules and guidelines below. Failure to do so may result in your photos being removed from the pool without notice or explanation.
IT SHOULD BE ASSUMED THAT ALL PHOTOGRAPHS IN THIS POOL HAVE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED AND CANNOT BE USED WITHOUT THE EXPRESS PERMISSION OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER.
Blocking an administrator or moderator of the group will likely result in removal and banning from this group.
There are a number of things YOU can do to help this group. If you notice someone else has posted a photo to the pool without tagging it, please add the tags yourself; any member can add tags to photos in the pool - you don't have to be an admin. Also if you notice that a photo involves a species which does not appear in the hyperlink index, tag the photo FBW:newbird. This will then be picked up and the species added to the index.
RULES AND GUIDELINES FOR POSTING PHOTOS TO THE POOL
It is ESSENTIAL that every photo submitted is tagged with its scientific (Latin) name. Failure to do so will mean the photo will not be found when using the Hyperlink index and may result in the photo being removed from the pool.
- If you know what the species is but don’t know its Latin name, you can check it on this site (along with a variety of useful pool information), or if the species is already in the pool you can check it against our Hyperlink index.
- If you don’t know what the species is, don’t post it yet. First find out what it is! You can do so by asking for help in our Bird ID Help Line thread. Remember to say where the photo was taken.
Please also ensure that your photos are tagged with the common name as this is easier for most people to recognise and also there may sometimes be a need to search for photos by common name tags.
Species names vary across the globe – this group uses Clements bird list (5th edition) as its standard. You can check this list on Avibase.
Note: when tagging bird names, use " " marks either side of the bird name to ensure that the whole name appears on one tag. So for example tag "Junco hyemalis" not Junco hyemalis.
WHAT TO POST (and what not to post)
The idea of this group is that photos should be useful for identification. Ideally therefore the photo should be a good close-up of a single bird, showing the whole of the bird. Photos showing only part of the bird are acceptable if the part of the bird they show is helpful for identification. Also photos of more than one bird are acceptable provided sufficient detail is visible – large flocks are unlikely to qualify. If you have a large series of wonderful photographs, try to choose the best 2 or maybe 3 which illustrate field characteristics. Do not be offended if part of a large series posted to the pool are deleted by administration.
Birds should not be distant, hidden or silhouetted and the markings should be clear. Artistic shots, black & white photos, close-up portraits, etc are not what this group is about. Be your own judge, but be stricter for common species that are already well-represented in the pool. Photos of more than one bird are acceptable providing at least one of them meets the criteria, but flocks should generally be avoided. Submitted photos should be accurate, life-like representations of the bird, so avoid, for example, cloning obscuring vegetation from in front of the bird or excessive colour saturation or other techniques that alter the field appearance.
Wild birds are preferred to captive ones. Captive birds are acceptable if we don’t have wild ones in the pool already, but only if they look like wild examples of the species. If you do include captive birds, please add the tag 'captive' to your tag list.
Although we do accept domestic breeds so long as they are in the wild, these are already well-represented so new photos will add little value. We do not accept domestic breeds in captivity. They should not be tagged with the scientific name to avoid confusion with their wild ancestors – tag them Domestic and then the species name (e.g. “Domestic Mallard”, “Domestic Greylag Goose”, etc.).
FBW wishes to discourage the photography of breeding birds at the nest and do not allow such in our pool. Thanks for your understanding of this policy. Photos of nests with eggs will be removed. Photos of nestlings will be removed.
Location must be given.
Where known, it is useful if you state the subspecies, gender, age, plumage, morph etc. and tag these. Tagging the genus is helpful as it allows broader searches. When tagging subspecies please tag the full three-part Latin name (e.g. “Motacilla flava flavissima”) but don’t forget to tag just the species name (“Motacilla flava”) as well.
Banded Pitta Pitta guajana by somchai@2008
Khlong thom, Krabi, Thailand.
Thank you for your contributions!
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In order to maintain a true on-line Field Guide: Birds of the World it is necessary to tag your photos with the correct scientific/latin name per Clements 5th edition. Tags make this pool work. Your assistance in tagging your photos is greatly appreciated. Untagged photos may be removed from the pool.
If you don't know the bird's identity please ask in the Bird ID Help Line discussion forum before posting to the main pool
Thanks in advance! We hope you enjoy this resource
This is a public group.
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Members can post 50 things to the pool each day.
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