For any use of eBird data, or for general reference to the project in peer-reviewed literature, use this citation:
eBird Primary Reference:
Sullivan, B.L., C.L. Wood, M.J. Iliff, R.E. Bonney, D. Fink, and S. Kelling. 2009. eBird: a citizen-based bird observation network in the biological sciences. Biological Conservation 142: 2282-2292.
eBird bar charts, maps, graphs, tables, and other visualizations from the
'View and Explore Data' tab and 'My eBird' tab may be reproduced in publications without further permission provided that the figure is attributed as follows: Image provided by eBird (www.ebird.org) and created [date].
Use the following format to cite data retrieved from the eBird website:
eBird. 2019. eBird: An online database of bird distribution and abundance [web application]. eBird, Ithaca, New York. Available: http://www.ebird.org. (Accessed: Date [e.g., February 2, 2019]).
Use the following format if citing data from an individual checklist:
Kelling, S. 2015. eBird Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21742280. eBird: An online database of bird distribution and abundance [web application]. eBird, Ithaca, New York. Available: http://www.ebird.org. (Accessed: Date [e.g., February 9, 2019]).
In the above example, "Kelling, S" is the name of the observer, and should be replaced with the name of the observer in the checklist being cited.
Accessing raw data from eBird
In addition to the visualizations provided with eBird, we make all raw data available for free for non-commercial use at the following URL:
Citations should follow the following format, with the version that you used (e.g. relJun-2019):
eBird Basic Dataset. Version: EBD_relJun-2019. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. May 2013.