Site Data

The Site Data page of World Bird Photos summarises the process I have applied to bird identification and their regions.  All Bird Common English names are referenced to the IOC World Bird Register that is frequently updated. To manage bird sightings and photos a spreadsheet has been developed of the 10,776 species of the world.  The field guidebook bird plate and numbers along with locations or sightings match the IOC list. The spreadsheet also enables us to select a Country or Region to call up any specie.  Dynamic statistics of all sightings and photos, gender types, photos are generated as listed in the table below:

BIRDING SIGHTINGS AND PHOTO STATISTICS: 18th July 2017

REGION CODE

BOA

BIO

BSC

BSE 

BOC

BEA

BAU

BSA

BCA

BNA

BWI

BOE

REGION’S

AFSS AFRICA

Indian Ocean

India Sub Cont.

SE Asia

China

East Asia

Australasia

America South

America Central

America North

West Indies

Europe EMENA

Species Seen

977

184

638

124

197

0

122

239

714

0

160

92

Posted on Web Site

2783

502

1034

143

201

0

207

529

883

0

182

164

Apart from Migration many birds overlap nearby countries thus I have created Main Regions to provide Regional Bird Lists.  The selected countries combined into each REGION are summarised below. However, birds photographed in each country can be also viewed separately on the web site selection.

 

CODE

MAIN REGIONS

COUNTRIES (not all listed at present)

BOA

ALL Africa SS

Countries south of the Sahara desert

BIO

All Indian Ocean

Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles etc

BSC

ALL Indian SubCont.

India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan

BSE

ALL South East Asia

Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines

BOC

ALL China

China, Taiwan, Tibet.

BEA

ALL East Asia

Eastern Russia, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, PNG

BAU

ALL Australasia

Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea

BSA

ALL America South

South America, Galapagos and South Atlantic to Antarctic

BCA

ALL America Central

Central America Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala to Panama

BNA

ALL America North

Canada USA

BWI

All West Indies

West Indies Islands, Cuba, Jamaica etc

BOE

ALL Europe

UK, Europe, Middle East & North Africa

All birds are referenced against the respective bird field guidebooks applying the regional prefix, page, plate and bird number (5 digits) e.g. Africa: BOAa05006a is a Striated Hero (butorides striata) but if recorded in Ecuador then BECa00502a or Singapore, BSEa01208a etc. The suffix a-f is described below. If a female is flying then it is ‘bc’.

The lower case letters after the UPPERCASE bird reference number identifies the type as follows:

CODES BIRD TYPES
a adult, male or breeding plumage
b female
c in-flight or showing inner wing detail
d non breeding
e pullus,  juvenile or immature, (pulli is plural)
f other, such as nests, photos of particular interest or variations of the same species
ac e.g. e.g. male flying.   E = Endemic,   NE=Near Endemic

Before web search engines were available I started and continue to maintain the file names as follows: E.G. the first name is the group or family then type such as ‘Stork Painted’ rather than Painted Stork. This approach enables me to assemble a future world bird photo file where all similar named birds such as storks, owls etc can be listed together irrespective of the location.  I am surprised at the lack of logic how birds are listed.  I would first look under Storks than Painted if I wanted a Painted Stork!

Bird Field Guide Books Currently Used to establish Plate Numbers in file name:

Regions Field Guide Books Edn. Pub
Africa & Madagascar Birds of Africa by Ryan & Sinclair.   Birds of the Indian Ocean Islands by Sinclair & Lanngrand 2 2010
Europe Collins Bird Guide – Britain & Europe 2 2009
America South Birds of Chile by Alvaro Jaramillo. Birds of Ecuador by Ridgely & Greenfield. Wildlife of Galapagos by Fitter & Hosking 112 2010
America North Birds North America-NatGeo- Dunn & Alderfer 6 2011
America Central The Birds of Costa Rica-Garrigues & Dean, 2 2014
Far East Asia Birds of East Asia: Korea, Japan, Eastern Russia by Mark Brazil 1 2009
South East Asia Birds of South-East Asia: Thailand Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar by Craig Robinson 2 2008
Australasia Birds of Australia by Pizzey & Knight,  Hand Guide Birds of New Zealand by Robertson & Heather 82 2010&05
Indian Sub Con. Birds of the Indian Subcontinent by Grimmett & Inskipp 2 2010