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New and Updated Alternate Common Names Available – eBird

Whether you know Podiceps cristatus as Great Crested Grebe, Bahri, or Somormujo lavanco, your eBird experience can display bird names in your preferred language. With 9 new options, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology now offers bird common names in 78 languages and regional dialects – including 15 variations of Spanish and 6 for French!
Recent additions to common names include Arabic, Asturian, Azerbaijani, Catalan, Gallegan, and Slovak as well as two new regional versions of Spanish (Peru and Paraguay) and one additional version of French customized for French Guiana.  We also now have complete global namesets for German, French, Japanese, Norwegian, Slovak, Spanish (Spain), and Turkish. Dutch, Icelandic, Polish, Russian, Serbian, and Swedish have names for 30-90% of eBird’s taxonomy.
There are regional versions of English too, so you can report Great Northern Divers and Grey Partridges instead of Common Loons and Gray Partridges. See the full list of available languages and learn more about bird common names in eBird.
Setting your preferred language for common names
Select your preferred language for common names on the web in your eBird Preferences: https://ebird.org/prefs. These will apply to eBird.org, Macaulay Library, and Birds of the World. Within the eBird Mobile and Merlin Bird ID apps, set your common name preference under Settings and Account. Please note that settings for common names are separate from the language display on the mobile and web interfaces.
Become a volunteer translator
Volunteer translators provide these names and are critical to the success of eBird and other Cornell Lab projects. Many thanks to our network of partners around the world for making more common name options available!
Do you want to help us translate Cornell Lab projects? Please fill out this form: Join the eBird translators team.

House sparrow © Christoph Moning / Macaulay Library

A sparrow by any other name… 
To demonstrate the diversity of common names, here are 59 different options for Passer domesticus available in eBird, Merlin, the Macaulay Library, and Birds of the World:

Language
Common name

Arabic
دوري منزلي

Asturleonese
Pardal común

Azerbaijani
Dam sərçəsi

Bulgarian
Домашно врабче

Catalan
Pardal comú

Chinese – Mandarin (traditional)
家麻雀

Chinese, Simple
家麻雀

Creole, Haiti
Mwano kay

Croatian
Vrabac

Czech
vrabec domácí

Danish
Gråspurv

Dutch
Huismus

English, Kenya
House Sparrow

English, United States
House Sparrow

Euskera
Etxe-txolarrea

Faroese
Gráspurvur

Finnish
varpunen

French
Moineau domestique

Galician
Pardal común

German
Haussperling

Hebrew
דרור הבית

Hungarian
Házi veréb

Icelandic
Gráspör

Indonesian
Burung-gereja Rumah

Italian
Passera oltremontana

Japanese
イエスズメ

Korean
집참새

Latvian
Mājas zvirbulis

Lithuanian
Naminis žvirblis

Malayalam
അങ്ങാടിക്കുരുവി

Mongolian
Оронгийн бор шувуу

Norwegian
gråspurv

Polish
wróbel

Portuguese, Brazil
pardal

Portuguese, Portugal
Pardal-do-telhado

Romanian
Vrabie de casă

Russian
Домовый воробей

Serbian
Vrabac pokućar

Slovak
vrabec domový

Slovenian
Domači vrabec

Spanish
Gorrión común

Spanish, Argentina
Gorrión

Spanish, Chile
Gorrión

Spanish, Costa Rica
Gorrión Común

Spanish, Cuba
Gorrión

Spanish, Dominican Republic
Gorrión Doméstico

Spanish, Ecuador
Gorrión Europeo

Spanish, Mexico
Gorrión Doméstico

Spanish, Panama
Gorrión Doméstico

Spanish, Paraguay
Gorrión

Spanish, Peru
Gorrión Casero

Spanish, Puerto Rico
Gorrión Doméstico

Spanish, Spain
Gorrión común

Spanish, Uruguay
Gorrión

Spanish, Venezuela
Gorrión Común

Swedish
gråsparv

Thai
นกกระจอกใหญ่

Turkish
Serçe

Ukrainian
Горобець хатній

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