New and updated alternate common names available

By Team eBird May 2, 2021
Great Egret Ardea alba

Whether you know Ardea alba as Great Egret, Agró blanc, Velika bijela čaplja, or Sølvhejre, your eBird experience can display bird names in your preferred language. With 7 new options, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology now offers bird common names in 84 languages and regional dialects – including 14 variations of Spanish, six for French, and four for Portuguese!

Newly added languages for common names include Afrikaans, Armenian, Greek, Marathi, and Persian as well as two new regional versions of Portuguese (customized for the Azores and for Madeira); Spanish (HBW) has been retired, since Spanish (Spain) is now a global list. 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 global 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.

These updates are available on the eBird website now. Revisions to existing languages are also available on eBird Mobile now; the 7 new languages will be implemented in eBird Mobile in mid-May.

Setting your preferred language for common names

Select your preferred language for common names on the web in your eBird Preferences: https://ebird.org/prefs. These will apply to eBird.org, 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.

Osprey © Mat Gilfedder / Macaulay Library

An Osprey by any other name… 

To demonstrate the diversity of common names, here are 63 different names for Pandion haliaetus available in eBird, Merlin, the Macaulay Library, and Birds of the World:

Language Common name
Afrikaans Visvalk
Arabic عقاب نساري
Armenian Ջրարծիվ
Asturleonese Águila pescadora
Azerbaijani Çay qaraquşu
Bulgarian Орел рибар
Catalan Àguila pescadora
Chinese – Mandarin (traditional) 魚鷹
Chinese, Simple
Creole, Haiti Malfini lanmè
Croatian Bukoč
Czech orlovec říční
Danish Fiskeørn
Dutch Visarend
English Osprey
Euskera Arrano arrantzalea
Faroese Fiskiørn
Finnish sääksi
French Balbuzard pêcheur
Galician Aguia pescadora
German Fischadler
Greek Ψαραετός
Hebrew שלך
Hungarian Halászsas
Icelandic Gjóður
Indonesian Elang Tiram
Italian Falco pescatore
Japanese ミサゴ
Korean 물수리
Latvian Zivju ērglis
Lithuanian Žuvininkas
Malayalam താലിപ്പരുന്ത്
Marathi कैकर
Mongolian Загасч явлаг
Norwegian fiskeørn
Persian عقاب ماهیگیر
Polish rybołów
Portuguese, Brazil águia-pescadora
Portuguese, Portugal Águia-pesqueira
Romanian Uligan pescar
Russian Скопа
Serbian Ribar
Slovak kršiak rybár
Slovenian Ribji orel
Spanish Águila Pescadora
Spanish, Argentina Aguila Pescadora
Spanish, Chile Águila pescadora
Spanish, Costa Rica Águila Pescadora
Spanish, Cuba Guincho
Spanish, Dominican Republic Guincho
Spanish, Ecuador Águila Pescadora
Spanish, Mexico Águila Pescadora
Spanish, Panama Águila Pescadora
Spanish, Paraguay Águila pescadora
Spanish, Peru Aguila Pescadora
Spanish, Puerto Rico Águila Pescadora
Spanish, Spain Águila pescadora
Spanish, Uruguay Águila Pescadora
Spanish, Venezuela Águila Pescadora
Swedish fiskgjuse/australisk fiskgjuse
Thai เหยี่ยวออสเปร
Turkish Balık kartalı
Ukrainian Скопа