The Internet Bird Collection
(IBC) is an important sister-project to HBW Alive and is the most
globally comprehensive website of audiovisual materials of the birds of
We are proud to announce that the IBC now has videos of more than 9000
bird species. Specifically, as of today, there are 120, 263 videos of
9016 bird species, many showing rich behavioural information. This is an
invaluable collection that hasn't been assembled anywhere else before.
This new IBC record is especially remarkable considering that the number
of people taking bird videos is much less than those dedicated to bird
photography. The record-breaking video was of Snow Mountain Tiger-parrot Psittacella lorentzi by Hervé Jacob, who has been uploading some tremendous videos of his last trip to New Guinea – thanks, Hervé!
We extend our sincere gratitude to everyone that has joined and
contributed to the IBC over all the years, helping us to achieve this
and many other goals, like an astonishing 10,339 bird species with
photos and 6585 bird species with sound recordings.
But, of course, there are many more records to be broken. There are
still species without videos, photos or sound recordings on the IBC and
places in the world where no contributor has set foot... Here
you can find three lists that show species that lack videos, photos or
sound recordings, so that together we can fill in more gaps and cover
And how does all of this relate to HBW Alive? Well, right now more than
6500 species accounts in HBW Alive have multimedia links and we continue
adding more. As IBC multimedia links in HBW Alive are conveniently
displayed directly in the species page (instead of in a new
window), we prioritize these links and are constantly reviewing new IBC
contributions to see where they may enhance HBW Alive information.
So, we encourage you to get out there and keep taking bird videos,
photos and sound recordings and to share them with the IBC community
and, thus, with the HBW Alive community as well!