Saturday, October 18, 2014


Hi Everybody!!
Between 200 billion and 400 billion Birds live on Earth with us, according to standard estimate of bird population for the last 20 years. Below I have shared a Wikipedia List of Birds by population for my curious friends. Of all the birds, hummingbirds are a small fraction of the population, but hold the title of the smallest bird. Their location is limited to the North and South American Continents. Today's Highlight photos are from August 31. The busiest month of the migration through this location is September. Stay tuned and enjoy!

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Lists of birds by population

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is a collection of lists of bird species by global population, divided by orders. While numbers are estimates, they have been made by the experts in their fields. For more information on how these estimates were ascertained, see Wikipedia's articles on population biologyand population ecology. Contributing organizations include the IUCNBirdLife International, and Partners in Flight.
These lists are incomprehensive, as not all birds have had their numbers estimated. The Spectacled Flowerpecker was only discovered in 2010, and has yet to be given a scientific name, added to the 73 new bird species described from 2000 – 2009.[1][2][3] Global population estimates for many of these at this time would be absurd. Again, all numbers are estimates, and a given number of 50 Slender-billed Curlews does not necessarily mean there are 10 more of this species than the Black Stilt, which has been estimated at 40: there is a possibility that the latter species has a larger population than the former.[4][5] These lists should not be taken that literally. An estimate of 250Shore Dotterels compared with 4,500 – 5,000 Wrybills, on the other hand, means that the latter has well over one order of magnitude more individuals than the former.[6][7] The Wrybill only has approximately one tenth the population of Great Skuas (48,000), which are outnumbered ~10:1 by the Pigeon Guillemot (470,000).[8][9] It is these large differences between species that these lists are meant to convey.
Estimation is accepted practice amongst demographers, and the data included here should be considered no less scientific than that found in anthropological articles like List of countries by population. The 2010 United States census participation rate was 74%;[10] populations in Somalia are ascertained using satellite imagery;[11] the human denizens of Bhutan, according to the national government, number 708 265, while the CIA World Factbook has given figures as high as 2,327,849.[12][13] All populations, be they human or bird, are estimates.

Lists by taxonomic order (Non-passerines)[edit]

List by taxonomic orderBirds included# of quantified species / # of total species (%)1Example of less common speciesExample of more common species
AnseriformesWaterfowl: Ducks, geese, swans.89 / 166 (54%)Laysan duck (CR)Laysan teal male.jpgMallard (LC)Mallard in flight.jpg
Pop: 521[14]Pop: > 17,000,000[15]
ApodiformesSwifts, hummingbirds.86 / 441 (20%)Juan Fernández Firecrown (CR)Sephanoides fernandensis.jpgChimney Swift (NT)Chimney swift overhead.jpg
Pop: 2,500 – 3,000[16]Pop: 15,000,000[17]
CaprimulgiformesNightjars, nighthawks, potoos.19 / 125 (15%)Puerto Rican Nightjar (EN)Puerto Rican nightjar sitting in leaves.jpgEuropean Nightjar(LC)Paukstelis.jpg
Pop: 1,400 – 2,000[18]Pop: 2,000,000 – 6,000,000[19]
CharadriiformesWaders, gulls, auks.181 / 352 (51%)Shore Dotterel(EN)NZ Shore plover male.JPGThick-billed Murre(LC)Thick-billed Murres in Alaska refuge.jpg
Pop: 250[6]Pop: > 22,000,000[20]
CiconiiformesStorks, herons, egrets, ibises, spoonbills.52 / 115 (45%)Storm's Stork (EN)Storm's Stork SMTC.jpgWhite-faced Ibis(LC)White-faced Ibis by Dan Pancamo.jpg
Pop: 400 – 500[21]Pop: 1,200,000[22]
ColumbiformesDoves, pigeons.94 / 321 (29%)Socorro Dove (EW)SocorroGroundDove025.jpgRock Dove (LC)Rock dove - natures pics.jpg
Pop: 100[23]Pop:260,000,000[24]
CoraciiformesKingfishers, hornbills, motmots, bee-eaters.38 / 219 (17%)Narcondam Hornbill (EN)Narcondam hornbill.jpgRainbow Bee-eater(LC)Merops ornatus -Australia-8.jpg
Pop: 320- 340[25]Pop: > 1,000,000[26]
CuculiformesTuracos, cuckoos.22 / 165 (13%)Fischer's Turaco(NT)Tauraco fischeri 1.jpgCommon Cuckoo(LC)Cuculus canorus vogelartinfo chris romeiks CHR0791 cropped.jpg
Pop: 2,500 – 9,999[27]Pop: 25,000,000 – 100,000,000[28]
FalconiformesDiurnal birds of prey.164 / 310 (53%)Madagascar Fish Eagle (CR)Madagascarfisheagle.jpgCommon Kestrel(LC)Kestrel hunting over Cherry Wood - geograph.org.uk - 1711571.jpg
Pop: 360[29]Pop: > 5,000,000[30]
GalliformesGamebirds.121 / 288 (42%)Bornean Peacock-Pheasant (EN)Willow Ptarmigan(LC)Lagopus in Abisko.jpg
Pop: 1,000 – 2,499[31]Pop: > 40,000,000[32]
GaviiformesLoons.4 / 5 (80%)Yellow-billed Loon(NT)Gavia adamsii.jpgPacific Loon (LC)PacificLoon24.jpg
Pop: 16,000 – 32,000[33]Pop: 930,000 – 1,600,000[34]
GruiformesCranes, crakes, rails.92 / 206 (45%)Lord Howe Woodhen (EN)Lord Howe Woodhen.jpgAmerican Coot (LC)Fulica americana3.jpg
Pop: 220 – 230[35]Pop: 6,000,000[36]
PelecaniformesPelicans, frigatebirds, gannets, boobies, cormorants.36 / 65 (55%)Flightless Cormorant (VU)Flightless Cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi) -swimming2.jpgRed-footed Booby(LC)Sula sula by Gregg Yan 02.jpg
Pop: 1,679[37]Pop: > 1,000,000[38]
PhoenicopteriformesFlamingos.5 / 6 (83%)Andean Flamingo(VU)Two andeanflamingo june2003 arp.jpgLesser Flamingo(NT)Phoeniconaias minor3.jpg
Pop: 38,000[39]Pop: 2,220,000 – 3,240,000[40]
PiciformesWoodpeckers, toucans, barbets.43 / 410 (10%)Ivory-billed Woodpecker (CR)Ivory-billed Woodpecker by Jerry A. Payne.jpgGreat Spotted Woodpecker (LC)Dendrocopos major -Durham, England -female-8.jpg
Pop: 0 – 50[41]Pop: 73,500,000 – 216,000,000[42]2
PodicipediformesGrebes.11 / 19 (58%)New Zealand Grebe (VU)NZDabchickZoom X2.JPGBlack-necked Grebe (LC)Podiceps nigricollis (Marek Szczepanek).jpg
Pop: 1,900 – 2,000[43]Pop: 3,900,000 – 4,200,000[44]
ProcellariiformesAlbatrosses and petrels.116 / 129 (90%)New Zealand Storm Petrel (CR)Oceanites maorianus.jpgShort-tailed Shearwater (LC)Puffinus tenuirostris - SE Tasmania.jpg
Pop: < 50[45]Pop: > 23,000,000[46]
PsittaciformesParrots.134 / 356 (38%)Kakapo (CR)Strigops habroptilus 1.jpgRed-tailed Black Cockatoo (LC)Red tailed Black Cockatoo in flight.jpg
Pop: 126[47]Pop: > 100,000[48]
SphenisciformesPenguins.16 / 18 (89%)Galapagos Penguin (EN)Galápagos Penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus) -standing on rock.jpgMacaroni Penguin(VU)Eudyptes chrysolophus -Antarctic-54.jpg
Pop: 1,800[49]Pop:18,000,000[50]3
StrigiformesOwls.72 / 197 (37%)Forest Owlet (CR)Forest Owlet (Heteroglaux blewitti, Athene blewitti) in Melghat Tiger Reserve Maharashtra (2).jpgShort-eared Owl(LC)Asio flammeus Delta BC 3.jpg
Pop: 70 – 400[51]Pop: > 2,000,000[52]
StruthioniformesRatites.6 / 11 (55%)Little Spotted Kiwi(NT)Little spotted kiwi, Apteryx owenii, Auckland War Memorial Museum.jpgSouthern Brown Kiwi (VU)Tokoeka.jpg
Pop: > 1,200[53]Pop: 29,800[54]
TinamiformesTinamous.9 / 47 (19%)Slaty-breasted Tinamou (LC)CrypturusBoucardiSmit.jpgLittle Tinamou (LC)Crypturellus soui.jpg
Pop: 20,000 – 49 999[55]Pop: 500,000 – 4,999,999[56]
TrogoniformesTrogons, quetzals.9 / 44 (20%)Javan Trogon (EN)Javan Trogon (Harpactes reinwardtii reinwardtii).jpgCollared Trogon(LC)Collared Trogon (Trogon collaris) (4090278016).jpg
Pop: 350 – 1,500[57]Pop: 5,000,000 – 50,000,000[58]

Crepe Myrtle Flower (Burgundy Cotton)

Two trees are (left) Weeping Yaupon and (right) Japanese Cedar

...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek.  See you next time!