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Sulpher-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita ©Ian Montgomery Website

There is one Fatbirder page for each of the families listed below. Each page carries a photograph of one member of the family; if you find one that does not it is because I cannot find one to use and welcome submission. I also list the species within each family - mostly as in the Handbook of the Birds of the World but in some cases there are variations where I feel that other authorities take a better line.

I welcome offers for introductions to these new family pages from those of you with a particular interest in that family - you do not need to be an expert - I am happy to recieve intros from enthusiasts too.

I hope Fatbirder surfers find these pages of use - let me know if you know of an appropriate website that I should link to if I have overlooked it.

Useful Reading

Seabird Populations of Britain and Ireland

by P. Ian Mitchell, Stephen F. Newton, Norman Ratcliffe & Timothy E. Dunn. Published by A&C Black 2004

ISBN: 0713669012

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The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World, Volume 1: Non-passerines

EC Dickinson (Editor), JV Remsen Jr. (Editor) | 461 pages, with CD-ROM | Aves Press | Hardback | May 2013 | Edition: 4| Price: £59.99

ISBN: 9780956861108

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Checklists of birds… A completely new web site, hosted by the World institute for conservation and environment…

Forums & Mailing Lists


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Scientific discussion list about seabirds subscription message: SUBSCRIBE SEABIRD Your Name

Western Shorebird Group

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Other Links

A Field Guide to Birds on the Web


What a clever idea – the links put you straight onto images of particular birds on other webpages. Can be searched alphabetically or by the systematic list. Brilliant.



Avibase contains taxonomic and distribution information (including maps) for all 10,000 extant species and 22,000 subspecies of birds in the world, plus several extinct and ancient fossil species. The site also offers searching tools for internet sites and images, as well as links to other sites such as ITIS (Integrated Taxonomic Information Systems) and Birdlife threathened birds of the World website. This site is the result of nearly 12 years of work on a database that now contains close to a million records, including 300,000 occurence records and 180,000 synonyms in over a dozen languages. Bird checklists of the world, which offers bird checklists for over 500 countries and regions, has now also been integrated into Avibase, but continues to be available directly from my other web site Bird Links to the World… Denis Lepage - Bird Studies Canada.

Bird Families Of The World


From the richness of Monterey Bay and the Monterey Peninsula, California (where I live) to the tropical forests of the most remote islands, this site presents bird photos, some opinions, and some (hopefully) helpful information. The major threads are listed below; initially, the emphasis will be on Bird Families of the World. I`ve had an interest in observing and photographing representatives of all the 198 extant families for many years. Yet I feel that the goal is unimportant; it is the journey toward it that interests me.

Birds of Britain


Scroll down this page to search by season — when you are most likely to see particular birds in the United Kingdom. Passage Migrants typically stop over in Britain during the spring and autumn. British Residents can be seen throughout the year. Birds marked (v) are vagrants which do not regularly visit Britain. Links marked * include photographs of the birds indicated.

The Otterside


The Complete Image Catalog is the showcase for the images of the products of THE OTTER SIDE. It is also intended to be an online educational and reference tool. A brief commentary [will ultimately be] included for each species describing the bird, its habitat, and other interesting facts about it. Photographic details (location, lens, and film) are also included for each image. Many of the species have multiple images intended to show additional visual information about the species…

Western Mediterranean Waterbirds


Ornithology & Coastal Habitats - Welcome to the personal page where visitors can find our published data on Waterbirds, Bird Reports and Rare Bird Records from the westernmost coast of the Mediterranean, focused on l`Albufera de Valencia, a Ramsar site in eastern Spain…

World Bird Info - Bird Data Project


John Penhallurick brilliant and expanding database - I have been working for some time on what I hope will be the most comprehensive database about the birds of the world, both extant, and extinct since 1600. THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS AND FULL INFORMATION IS NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ALL SPECIES! I will be updating the information in this database monthly…