Stephen T. Garnett a , 1 , Daisy E. Duursma 2 , Glenn Ehmke 3 , Patrick-Jean Guay 4 , Alistair Stewart 1 , Judit K. Szabo 1 , 5 , Michael A. Weston 6 , Simon Bennett 7 , Gabriel M. Crowley 8 , David Drynan 9 , Guy Dutson 1 , 10 , Kate Fitzherbert 11 , Donald C. Franklin b , 1
10 November 2015
We introduce a dataset of biological, ecological, conservation and legal information for every species and subspecies of Australian bird, 2056 taxa or populations in total. Version 1 contains 230 fields grouped under the following headings: Taxonomy & nomenclature, Phylogeny, Australian population status, Conservation status, Legal status, Distribution, Morphology, Habitat, Food, Behaviour, Breeding, Mobility and Climate metrics. It is envisaged that the dataset will be updated periodically with new data for existing fields and the addition of new fields. The dataset has already had, and will continue to have applications in Australian and international ornithology, especially those that require standard information for a large number of taxa.