New and updated alternate common names available

By Team eBird September 22, 2020
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus

Whether you know Podiceps cristatus as Great Crested Grebe, Bahri, or Somormujo lavanco, your eBird experience can display bird names in your preferred language. With 9 new options, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology now offers bird common names in 78 languages and regional dialects – including 15 variations of Spanish and 6 for French!

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.

There are regional versions of English too, so you can report Great Northern Divers and Grey Partridges instead of Common Loons and Gray Partridges. 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: These will apply to, 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.

House sparrow © Christoph Moning / Macaulay Library

A sparrow by any other name… 

To demonstrate the diversity of common names, here are 59 different options for Passer domesticus available in eBird, Merlin, the Macaulay Library, and Birds of the World:

Language Common name
Arabic دوري منزلي
Asturleonese Pardal común
Azerbaijani Dam sərçəsi
Bulgarian Домашно врабче
Catalan Pardal comú
Chinese – Mandarin (traditional) 家麻雀
Chinese, Simple 家麻雀
Creole, Haiti Mwano kay
Croatian Vrabac
Czech vrabec domácí
Danish Gråspurv
Dutch Huismus
English, Kenya House Sparrow
English, United States House Sparrow
Euskera Etxe-txolarrea
Faroese Gráspurvur
Finnish varpunen
French Moineau domestique
Galician Pardal común
German Haussperling
Hebrew דרור הבית
Hungarian Házi veréb
Icelandic Gráspör
Indonesian Burung-gereja Rumah
Italian Passera oltremontana
Japanese イエスズメ
Korean 집참새
Latvian Mājas zvirbulis
Lithuanian Naminis žvirblis
Malayalam അങ്ങാടിക്കുരുവി
Mongolian Оронгийн бор шувуу
Norwegian gråspurv
Polish wróbel
Portuguese, Brazil pardal
Portuguese, Portugal Pardal-do-telhado
Romanian Vrabie de casă
Russian Домовый воробей
Serbian Vrabac pokućar
Slovak vrabec domový
Slovenian Domači vrabec
Spanish Gorrión común
Spanish, Argentina Gorrión
Spanish, Chile Gorrión
Spanish, Costa Rica Gorrión Común
Spanish, Cuba Gorrión
Spanish, Dominican Republic Gorrión Doméstico
Spanish, Ecuador Gorrión Europeo
Spanish, Mexico Gorrión Doméstico
Spanish, Panama Gorrión Doméstico
Spanish, Paraguay Gorrión
Spanish, Peru Gorrión Casero
Spanish, Puerto Rico Gorrión Doméstico
Spanish, Spain Gorrión común
Spanish, Uruguay Gorrión
Spanish, Venezuela Gorrión Común
Swedish gråsparv
Thai นกกระจอกใหญ่
Turkish Serçe
Ukrainian Горобець хатній