eBird provides open data access in several formats to logged-in users, ranging from raw data to processed datasets geared toward more rigorous scientific modeling. For those doing scientific work, please see our more detailed information on using eBird for science.
eBird Basic Dataset (EBD)
The EBD is the core dataset for accessing all raw eBird observations and associated metadata. The EBD is updated monthly (15th of each month), and is available by direct download through eBird to any logged-in user after completion of a data request form. The data request form allows us to gain some understanding of how the data will be used. Requests are typically approved within 7 days. Data are provided with documentation in spreadsheet format, which can be read by a variety of programs. Although Excel or similar programs work for basic analyses, for larger datasets (>1 million rows) or more sophisticated analyses, we recommend using programs like R. There are several R packages available for summarizing data, including one that is managed here at the Cornell Lab specifically for working with the EBD dataset:
If you use eBird data in a way that results in a specific conservation action or peer-reviewed publication, please let us know.
Note: the previously-available “ERD” has been replaced with the ability for any user to assign habitat covariates to the EBD. Learn how to assign covariates here.
eBird Status and Trends
eBird Status and Trends provide an unparalleled window into the full annual cycle of bird populations in North America. Cornell Lab of Ornithology researchers have developed these novel statistical techniques to model eBird data across continents at fine spatiotemporal scales. Maps, charts and other products explore the range, abundance, habitat, and trends for each species. Explore eBird Status and Trends.
Accessing and Analyzing Status and Trends Data Products
eBird Status and Trends data products include estimates of species ranges, abundances, and environmental associations for over 800 species. The previous version (estimates for 2018) of these data products are hosted by the Registry of Open Data on AWS at https://registry.opendata.aws/ebirdst/. The most recent version (estimates for 2019 published in December 2020) of the data products will be made available in the future.
We also provide the R package ebirdst to help access, manipulate, and analyze these data.
eBird Observational Dataset (EOD)
The EOD is updated annually and made available through the Global Biodiversity Information Facility. The EOD contains basic occurrence data including species, date, and location. Additional metadata associated with these observations, including sampling event data (such as effort), are not included.
eBird Public APIs
The eBird API documentation can be found here: https://documenter.getpostman.com/view/664302/S1ENwy59?version=latest
Accessing your personal eBird data
To download your own data go to My eBird and then to ‘Download my data’ on the right side. This query generates a spreadsheet with all your personal eBird data. Here is a direct link to download your data.