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How to Contribute

Thank you for your interest in contributing content to Neotropical Birds. We are looking for:

Species Information

  • We want any information you have about a species.
  • Full articles are great, smaller sections are just as valuable.
  • Full publication credit and peer recognition.

Photographs, Audio & Video

  • Please contribute any media - photos, audio, or video - that you have, if acquired in the Neotropics.
  • You easily can submit media for use on Neotropical Birds via eBird.
  • You retain the rights to your images and other media.

Maps and Distribution Data

  • We strive to provide the best available distribution map for each species.
  • Please help correct errors in our map data.
  • The easiest way to contribute distributional data is to become a regular user of eBird.

Submit Your Sightings to eBird.

  • eBird collects data on bird abundance and distribution.
  • Submitting your bird observations is a direct way to contribute to our knowledge.
  • eBird is also a great tool to manage and visualize your bird observations.

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Scientists, Researchers, and Students

Become an originating or a contributing author to a Neotropical Birds species account:

  • Author species life history articles in your area of expertise.
  • Receive publication credit and peer recognition for your contribution to our online resource.
  • Collaborate with other researchers and academic peers, share knowledge and research, build your own professional network and help to build an international community of experts on the birds of the Neotropics.

Advanced Birders

Help us add, edit and expand our resource with your observational data, your rich media resources, and share your love and knowledge of avian life:

  • Author or edit species articles on Distribution, Species Identification, Vocalizations, or other topics on which you have data.
  • Contribute your images directly to our resource, receive credit and a backlink to your personal site (please read more about photographic contributions below).
  • Contribute relevant audio or video recordings. Most of our growing media library is shared courtesy of the Macaulay Library. But we are also seeking specific recordings of Neotropical birds and small bodies of unique material. If you have high-quality audio or video recordings of species that currently lack such in our archives, please think about donating your material for use in Neotropical Birds.

Photographers

We constantly are seeking and sourcing images to help populate this site, especially of rare (and rarely photographed!) species in the Neotropics. In addition to representative species identification photographs, we are also on the lookout for images of characteristic habitats for each species, life history and behavioral images, and nest and egg photos.

The best way to submit media (photographs and audio recordings) for use on Neotropical Birds (NB) is via eBird. Instructions for uploading media are here. We prefer that images be at least 2500px on the long end (max 3000px), and cropped at 5x3 aspect ratio whenever possible.

Once media are uploaded via eBird, they are archived in Macaulay Library. Any media you would like to be considered for use should be accompanied by some basic metadata, including the date the image was taken, the precise location, and any other information that you can provide, (age, sex, behavior, molt, etc). If you lack some of these metadata, your observations are still useful. Please see here for instructions on how to enter historical data. By submitting media, you consent to give us permission to use the content you have shared on the Neotropical Birds website and/or associated Neotropical Birds social media as we may need, and potentially other projects of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (see full terms of use for media submitted to eBird/Macaulay Library here). The Macaulay Library archive is primarily a data repository for research purposes. It is not an open repository of rich media available to the general public for any and all use. Assets in the collection are owned by the original author (e.g., photographer), and the copyright lies with each author unless otherwise indicated; photographs on Neotropical Birds may not be downloaded, copied, archived, modified, or used for any reason, including posting on personal or other websites, without permission of the photographer. And thank you for your willingness and generosity in helping us create the Neotropical Birds site!

Audio or Video Recordists

Audio and video can recordings should be submitted to Neotropical Birds (NB) in the same manner as photos, via eBird. Instructions for uploading media are here. Once media are uploaded via eBird, they are archived in Macaulay Library. Any media you would like to be considered for use should be accompanied by some basic metadata, including the date the image was taken, the precise location, and any other information that you can provide, (age, sex, behavior, molt, etc). If you lack some of these metadata, your observations are still useful. Please see here for instructions on how to enter historical data. By submitting media, you consent to give us permission to use the content you have shared on the Neotropical Birds website and/or associated Neotropical Birds social media as we may need, and potentially other projects of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (see full terms of use for media submitted to eBird/Macaulay Library here). The Macaulay Library archive is primarily a data repository for research purposes. It is not an open repository of rich media available to the general public for any and all use. Assets in the collection are owned by the original author (e.g., photographer), and the copyright lies with each author unless otherwise indicated; photographs on Neotropical Birds may not be downloaded, copied, archived, modified, or used for any reason, including posting on personal or other websites, without permission of the contributor. And thank you for your willingness and generosity in helping us create the Neotropical Birds site!

Members of the Conservation Community

Consider contributing knowledge and expertise by authoring or editing species articles on Conservation and Priorities for Future Research. Lend us your knowledge on conservation efforts, alerts, species of special concern, and any other pertinent conservation data or research that you may have.

How to Get Started

Contact us to discuss potential contributions and editorial access.

How to Get Started

Contact us to discuss potential contributions and editorial access.

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