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Species distribution data download

Distribution data (digitized maps) compiled by BirdLife International and NatureServe for all the world’s birds (>10,000 species, click here for further information on the taxonomy followed) are available for non-commercial use in ESRI shapefile or file geodatabase format for use in GIS mapping software. 

Further information regarding the attributes contained with the species distribution data can be found here, and are also included in the metadata file provided with the data.

To access these data please complete the form below. Please note that this is not an automated system and your request could take between 5 and 10 working days to be processed. We will then send the download location for the data to you. If you have any questions about the data or process please do not hesitate to contact us.






Telephone number - Please include the international dialing code

Email address - This email will be used to send through the download location for the data

Purpose - Please give a comprehensive description of how you intend to use the data. We may request further clarification prior to providing access.

Privacy -  BirdLife International will process your data in accordance with the UK Data Protection Act 1998. On occasion we may pass your data onto BirdLife International Partnership organisations.

By providing your personal data you consent to its processing as described in the above statement.

Terms of use - Please read and accept the terms of use, disclaimer and errors and omissions statement here. In particular, please note that the data cannot be used for commercial purposes, passed on to third parties, or republished. Full and appropriate acknowledgement is required in any materials or publications derived from the data (and copies of these should be sent to BirdLife). For any publications making substantial use of the data, BirdLife International welcomes the opportunity for coauthorship, collaboration and to comment prior to publication

For queries or clarifications regarding the terms of use or to request use of the data for commercial purposes please contact

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This is not an automated system and your request could take between 5 and 10 working days to be processed. Please note that during holiday periods your request may take longer than normal to process.