New and updated alternate common names available

By Team eBird Canada September 24, 2020
Common Loon Gavia immer

Whether you know Gavia immer as  Common Loon, Plongeon huard or Great Northern Diver, your eBird experience can display bird names in your preferred language or dialect. With 9 new options, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology now offers bird common names in 78 languages and regional dialects – among them 6 for French, including French (Canada)!

Recent additions to common names include Arabic, Asturian, Azerbaijani, Catalan, Gallegan, and Slovak as well as two new regional versions of Spanish (Peru and Paraguay) and one additional version of French customized for French Guiana.  We also now have complete global namesets for German, French, Japanese, Norwegian, Slovak, Spanish (Spain), and Turkish. Dutch, Icelandic, Polish, Russian, Serbian, and Swedish have names for 30-90% of eBird’s taxonomy. See the full list of available languages and learn more about bird common names in eBird.

Setting your preferred language for common names

Select your preferred language for common names on the web in your eBird Preferences: https://ebird.org/canada/prefs. These will apply to eBird.ca, Macaulay Library, and Birds of the World. Within the eBird Mobile and Merlin Bird ID apps, set your common name preference under Settings and Account. Please note that settings for common names are separate from the language display on the mobile and web interfaces.

Become a volunteer translator

Volunteer translators provide these names and are critical to the success of eBird and other Cornell Lab projects. Many thanks to our network of partners around the world for making more common name options available!

Do you want to help us translate Cornell Lab projects? Please fill out this form: Join the eBird translators team.

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