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Can you name the Top 30 Countries with the Most Bird Species?
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United Nations Environment Programme via EarthTrends
The number refers to the total number of bird species that breed in a particular country, as well as those that migrate or winter there. (Original source link broke.)
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Number of Bird Species:
Where They Breed or Winter:
Number of Bird Species:
Where They Breed or Winter:
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May 7th, 2011 at 12:08 GMT
Anyone else guessed the most wrong answer? ;-) By the way: Great quiz.
May 4th, 2013 at 10:04 GMT
@guybrush - yep! It seemed like a good guess at the time!!
May 4th, 2013 at 10:33 GMT
No Papua New Guinea? ......
May 4th, 2013 at 10:47 GMT
Brilliant idea! Five globes from me. Any chance of similar quizzes for reptile, amphibians and mammals?
May 4th, 2013 at 13:38 GMT
Surprised no Philippines! Great quiz!
May 4th, 2013 at 14:55 GMT
The Timor Leste fact seems pretty unbelievable.
May 4th, 2013 at 16:07 GMT
I figure between the South American portion and the European portion, France would definitely be up there.
May 4th, 2013 at 20:14 GMT
Surprised Indonesia has so many, but its neighbors (Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Timor-Leste (only 1?)) aren't on here.
May 4th, 2013 at 21:31 GMT
Yeah, I did a few minutes of google research, and there appear to be several of bird species on the island of Timor. I'm pretty sure the claim that there's only one bird species in Timor-Leste is false. Otherwise, great quiz. If the source's numbers are off, they're probably off for every country. Makes sense that there would be greater species diversity in rainy tropical regions, and/or countries with very large/varied geographies.
May 4th, 2013 at 21:58 GMT
I was almost sure Papua New Guinea and Madagascar had to be there, even Australia seemed a reasonable candidate. And about Timor Leste... who the hell made up that statistic?? He or she had to be a fervent enemy of that country (maybe Indonesian?), otherwise I can't understand it...
May 5th, 2013 at 01:29 GMT
Hmm... it's been almost two years since I made this quiz, and I don't remember exactly what the source was (it seems the link is now broken.) However, if you notice the notes it's all about what birds BREED or WINTER in those locales. That is probably the qualifier that solves the Timor-Leste issue (though it seems to me that it should be wrong what with how many birds there are there.) Anyway, I'm a strict follower of my source materials. Hopefully I didn't get something wrong, and hopefully they didn't get anything wrong. But you're all right. Something definitely seems off about that country and a few of the others mentioned. (PNG, Madagascar)
May 5th, 2013 at 01:44 GMT
Found it, though it doesn't have the lesser diverse countries, so no help on the Timor Leste front. Though it does say that PNG was 720. No Philippines or Madagascar. @jkoper, you're almost certainly right, and I wish that the data I just found included France's number, because French Guiana has 644. I'm sure France itself has at least a few hundred. So if I find the full source again I can fix this thing up. In the meantime, here's at least some of the source data: http://rainforests.mongabay.com/03birds.htm
May 5th, 2013 at 07:55 GMT
Here's a copy of the original source page. http://web.archive.org/web/20080724215642/http://earthtrends.wri.org/text/biodiversity-protected/variable-124.html
May 5th, 2013 at 09:03 GMT
Damn thought New Zealand would have been there for sure. Birds is pretty much all we got! And sheep. Lots of sheep.
May 5th, 2013 at 13:24 GMT
@wasteoflawtime: Your source link is invalid.
May 5th, 2013 at 23:42 GMT
@scuadrado, thanks! I forget about those wayback machine type thingies. @wackyzacky... yeah.
May 6th, 2013 at 15:33 GMT
I always seem to leave out one South American country. One day, it's Venezuela. The next, Ecuador. Today, Bolivia.
May 6th, 2013 at 16:24 GMT
Suprised no New Zealand, the country that is native to only birds
May 6th, 2013 at 16:41 GMT
Was halfway through this quiz, when a bird started chirping outside my window... I thought it was pretty awesome :)
May 7th, 2013 at 05:27 GMT
I live in Timor-Leste and I can assure you that that there are a lot of different types of birds here...
May 11th, 2013 at 08:58 GMT
France would of course absolutely deserve to be a full answer, as many of its overseas territories are as much part of the country as Brittany or Ile de France are. However, I can forgive you for making it a bonusanswer, as the amount it has is not clear from your data; adding up the numbers for France, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Reunion (there isn't even data for Mayotte) would sum up to 1591, but would of course include many doubly counted species. So, although the geographer in me is strongly objecting, my inner biologist and mathmetician make me be OK with it as a bonusanswer...
May 19th, 2013 at 14:59 GMT
Good Quiz, but the data for Sudan is before the split. South Sudan has most of the diversity so I guess it should be that country, not Sudan here. I guess it would drop a few rankings too.
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