eBird Top100 goes global!

By Team eBird July 12, 2013
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The eBird Top100 is one of the more popular pages in eBird. It displays the contributions of individuals, showing how many species and how many checklists our contributors have reported. The Top100 was released before eBird went global a couple years ago, and we are excited to announce today that it is now possible to see the Global Top100. Check out where your world life list falls compared to other eBirders. In addition to comparing World life lists and global checklist submissions, you can also compare a suite of new “major regions”. These are the same ones that appear on the major regions tab of the My eBird page and include continents and subcontinental listing regions, as well as a few other select regions in accord with the ABA Listing regions.

Here is a description of these listing regions and here is our story explaining the Top100.

Any Top100 output has two tabs: species and (complete) checklists. We’d especially like to thank those top contributors who have invested so much in collecting large volumes of data in their local area. As of today, 11 July 2013, we have three contributors who have already submitted 5000 complete checklists this year. Even for those of us that work for this project and believe in its goals as much as anyone, this is an amazing total. If the three project leaders for eBird (Brian, Chris, and Marshall) add up their complete checklists for this year to date, we barely exceed 50% of the totals of our top submitters!

Another really cool stat that is now available is the total number of species seen globally by eBirders this year. Today, 13 July 2013, the eBird community has reported 7913 species! With 10,240 species globally, that is 77% of the species in the world–just this year! See those statistics here and try exploring the totals for other regions. Maybe you can submit a record that would add a species or two! All-time, the total from all eBirders is 9745 species (95% of the total), and the remaining ones include some extinct birds, some that are known from only a few records, and some other extremely remote or extremely rare species. It has been amazing to see eBirders worldwide continually fill in the range maps for almost every known species of bird.

Of course, every observation and every checklist is of value. Local checklists from your backyard are no less important than checklists from remote Indonesian islands. If you enjoy comparing your totals, you can do so for your local county or state as well, and we consider those contributions just as valuable. Thanks to everyone who regular submits checklists for making eBird such a success as a useful tool for birders, conservationists, and scientists. It wouldn’t be the same without you!