The Internet Bird Collection (IBC)


The IBC is a non-profit organization with the goal of spreading knowledge of the world’s birds through video. In September of 2002 the IBC had only 172 species in its video library. As of today, there are over 12,000 videos covering 3,259 species or roughly a third of the world’s total number.

The Handbook of the Birds of the World is the main sponser of the IBC and the videos are contributed by people all over the world. IBC’s long-term objective is to include several videos of each species engaged in various activities like nesting, feeding, and courtship displays.

A word of warning; this virtual fieldguide is highly addicting to the serious birder. The serious birder can spend several hours at a time browsing the fascinating videos. One of our personal favorites is the Andean Flicker.
While not as good as actually viewing the birds in the wild, it fills the void between a static field guide and globetrotting. This is the kind of website that the internet was made for; the YouTube for birds. If Birdfreak doesn’t come out with a post tomorrow, you’ll know what all the writers are doing. 😉

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