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How Many Kinds of Birds Are There and Why Does It Matter?

Bob Zink with Bird Collection
Robert Zink examines a bird specimen in the collections of the University of Nebraska State Museum. Zink, professor in the schools of natural resources and of biological sciences and curator of zoology, is co-author of a paper showing that zoologists have significantly underestimated the number of living bird species.
Craig Chandler | University Communication

Twice as many bird species exist in the world than are currently recognized, according to a new study by Nebraska biologist Robert Zink and his colleagues. Beyond the groans of serious birders, the controversial finding has implications for evolutionary biology, understanding biodiversity and global conservation efforts.

The teams findings appeared in the Nov. 23 issue of the journal PLOS ONE.

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Recent Publications

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