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Countries With The Most Bird Species

Can you name the countries which are home to the highest number of different bird species?
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Last updated: January 26, 2024
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First submittedAugust 11, 2017
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# of Species
Answer
1917
Colombia
1892
Peru
1864
Brazil
1791
Indonesia
1684
Ecuador
1446
Bolivia
1420
Venezuela
# of Species
Answer
1330
China
1271
India
1155
D. R. Congo
1137
Mexico
1127
Kenya
1103
Tanzania
1090
Myanmar
# of Species
Answer
1041
Argentina
1036
Uganda
1036
United States
987
Thailand
981
Panama
956
Angola
23 Comments
+7
Level 78
Jan 26, 2024
Gotta go fill my bird feeder...
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Level 83
Jan 26, 2024
How many thousands of bird species are you expecting?
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Level 81
Jan 26, 2024
I was very surprised to not see Papua New Guinea here.
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Level 71
Mar 13, 2024
Same here, that was the second one I tried
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Level 76
Jun 9, 2024
I was surprised too. Are we assuming that there's some correlation between languages and bird species? Or we're just overestimating the power of birds of paradise?
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Level 48
Jun 9, 2024
I mean there kinda is. Papua New Guinea has a ton of languages because it has a ton of tribes, most of which I’m guessing are separated/different bc most of the island is dense rainforest. Couple that with the fact that it’s next to megadiverse Indonesia and it’s not a far stretch. (I mean their flag literally has a Reggiana Bird of Paradise)
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Level 48
Jun 10, 2024
That said, I too am quite confused how it’s not on here. Maybe the smaller size or perhaps some lack of microcosms
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Level 54
Jun 10, 2024
I think it should be here, but only a fraction of the species living there have been reported. It's quite poorly researched area.
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Level 83
Jan 26, 2024
Second one I tried after Brazil.
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Level 64
Jan 27, 2024
Please could you clarify whether 'home to' includes migratory birds?
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Level 75
Jan 30, 2024
Interesting case based on the source. If you add French Guiana, France, Reunion and New Caledonia, the totality would be more than enough for France to make this list. There is no caveat excluding territories to begin with and French Guiana is even considered an integral part of the country in any case. Not an expert so there might be a small overlap regarding the species, but not enough to disqualify France.
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Level 58
Mar 4, 2024
angola is a surprise
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Level 56
Jun 9, 2024
I was surprised there weren't more countries from southern Africa
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Level 28
Apr 24, 2024
You should update this quiz. Peru is the new number one country with most birds.
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Level ∞
Jun 9, 2024
Source is listed and up to date as of December 26, 2023.
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Level 57
Jun 9, 2024
Nope, Colombia's still number 1 as of 2024.
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Level 37
Jun 9, 2024
I just forgot Bolivia existed after going through everything else in latin america twice...

I ended up searching for a final African or south Asian country, but nope, Bolivia.

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Level 43
Jun 9, 2024
I just tried every South American country.
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Level 42
Jun 9, 2024
Way too close, I had 3 seconds left to spare... More African nations than I originally thought.
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Level 67
Jun 9, 2024
I found this way easier than I expected Basically work through South America SE Asia central africa

I too was surprised no PNG gicen it shares the island of New Guinea with Indonesia

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Level 21
Jun 10, 2024
Dang it I tried all Asian countries EXCEPT Myanmar...
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Level 37
Jun 12, 2024
No way Papua New Guinea isn't on this list
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Level 75
Jun 13, 2024
I tried Madagascar. As it turns out, the source lists it as having fewer species than Luxembourg! Surely that's an undercount, based on a shortage of research.