The Internet Bird Collection (IBC) is a non-profit endeavour with the ultimate goal of disseminating knowledge about the world's avifauna. It is an on-line audiovisual library of videos, photos and sound recordings of the world's birds that is available to the general public free of charge. While the initial aim is to post at least one video, photo or sound recording per species, the long-term objective is to include material covering as many subspecies as possible and a variety of biological aspects (e.g. behaviour, feeding, breeding) for every species.
The idea to create the IBC came about through the contact between staff and other birdwatchers using cameras during their trips. It quickly became apparent that the trend was for birdwatchers of varying degrees of dedication to record images and voices of the species—both common and rare—that they saw during their trips to all corners of the world. This material was obviously not of much use to the global birding community if it was kept at home. Yet, if it could be gathered and made accessible to the public via the internet, it could surely constitute a valuable source of information for birders, ornithologists, conservationists and others. In short, the IBC was created to be a collective project, so, the key to its success lies in the hands of the users.
The advantage of housing this collection on the internet is that the materials and information can be accessed from anywhere in the world, thus, making it possible for bird lovers across the globe to see and hear species they might not have had the opportunity to observe. Those ornithologists who travel extensively will also find this a useful tool, as it will allow them to get a preview of the birds they plan to see before they begin their travels.
The IBC is “sponsored” by its sister projects run by Lynx Edicions, the Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive and the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, which cover the costs of design and set-up the site, including the dedicated server and high-speed internet connection, and the staff required for running the site.
General Information about the IBC Material and Copyright Protection
All materials uploaded by contributors are protected by copyright and are the sole property of the authors who recorded them, or the legal owners. Lynx only shares the copyright with the owner when the material has been obtained with Lynx's help, which usually only applies to its staff members. No part of this material can be used in any way without prior written permission of the copyright holders. Contributors receive full credit and, if they wish, their details are included on the Contributors Page.
All of the contents appearing on the IBC that have been provided by the Handbook of the Birds of World, HBW Alive and the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, including foreign language names, taxonomic information and subspecies and distribution data, are protected by copyright. No part of this material can be used in any way without the prior written permission of the copyright holders.
All of the materials are shown on the website free of charge to the viewer. Likewise, remuneration is not offered to those who provide material. This is a non-profit project and any funding provided by any future sponsors would be used to cover the running and maintenance costs of the site as well as any improvements made to it (meaning that the project would not yield a profit).