Pronunciation Guide
Common redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) singing © S. Rösner | pixeldiversity

Free access to the IOU pronunciation guide for scientific bird names. Just search for the name of interest and replay the result as spoken word.

The Future of Birds

“Planet earth is in a global biodiversity and environmental crisis. Ornithologists and Fellows of the International Ornithologist’ Union Professor Lucia Severinghaus and Professor Yossi Leshem are featured in “The Future of Birds” documentary film by Jocelyn Demers. They join the many voices from ornithologists, scientists, birders and others around the world in a shared concern for birds and help us to understand the crucial role that birds play in the interconnectedness of the global natural world, why we need to be concerned and what can be done”

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IOCongress 2022
Little Sparrow Hawk (Accipiter minullus) bathing © S. Rösner | pixeldiversity

28th International Ornithological Congress

Conference Website is now online.

IOCongress® 2022
International Ornithologists' Union partners with South Africa’s University of KwaZulu-Natal for 28th International Ornithological Congress® (IOCongress®)
Durban, largest city in the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal, will host ornithology's largest global congress in 2022.
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Durban, South Africa
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