At Birda we understand that there are different taxonomic authorities and that these should be respected.

When you create an account on Birda, your taxonomic authority will be automatically set automatically based on what taxonomy is commonly used in your country. If you have a particular authority that you prefer to use then you can change this in settings in your profile.

We use three widely used birding taxonomic authorities on Birda and these are IOC, Clements and Birdlife. It’s worth noting that there is no ‘right’ choice – the convention you choose to use could be driven by the birding community you interact with, and/or the bird book you use.

In most instances, a particular authority may be more relevant to the birds in your region. For example, Clements is often used in much of the United States, whereas the IOC is more commonly used in the UK. Therefore, Birda will default to these if you are from those countries.

To read more about taxonomy in Birda read our blog post: Bird Taxonomy Explained.

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