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All of BirdLife’s work is underpinned by scientific research. Our science is used to set priorities, inform action on the ground, and shape policy and advocacy.

Robust science underpins BirdLife’s conservation programmes, policy and advocacy and communications. Through our commitment to rigorous data-gathering and analysis, we ensure that scarce resources are targeted effectively. BirdLife Partners undertake scientific research and priority setting at a national level.

These efforts are supported by the BirdLife Secretariat, working in close collaboration with a diverse range of universities, academic institutes, government agencies, non-governmental organisations and other bodies across the world. This work generates a vast array of data and information, which the Secretariat manages in extensive global datasets on species, sites and other aspects of conservation.

Our scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals make BirdLife a world-leader in conservation science. We identify the bird species at greatest risk of extinction, the most important sites for their conservation, the most urgent threats to address, the actions required to tackle them and the policies needed to sustain nature. We develop and produce biodiversity indicators to measure the impact of actions and track progress towards global targets for nature conservation.

All our data, information, analyses and summaries are freely available through the BirdLife Data Zone, while our research is summarised in periodic State of the World’s Birds reports.

Data Zone

The Data Zone is a window into the scientific work of BirdLife International. Browse factsheets detailing our Red List assessments for all the world’s birds and important sites for their conservation, explore interactive dashboards and read 300+ case studies.

State of the World’s Birds

BirdLife’s periodic flagship science publication uses birds to assess the condition of our ecosystems as a whole, and is now established as one of the most authoritative and influential syntheses of its kind.

Our latest scientific reports