The class of birds, or Aves, contains nearly 10,000 species, recognized by their feathers, wings, and beaks. Most can fly, though further diversification has led to flightless birds.

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Oct 13, 2016

About This Grant

Birds have a huge range of fascinating and varied characteristics. For example, they're known for their complex social communication and mimicry through calls and musical bird song, as well as the extraordinary abilities of some to migrate long distances, and the unique morphology that enables flight. The study of birds also extends far into audiences in the general public, from hobbyist birdwatchers to those who keep bird feeders in their backyards.

We're requesting proposal from researchers studying any aspect of birds, of any species. Some examples are genetic studies of ranges, morphological adaptations, plumage or birdsong variation, shifts in populations due to environmental or climate change, and roles in pollination or pest control.

These are just ideas; any project related to ornithology is encouraged to apply! If you would like to chat more about your project, just send us an email at You can begin a page and submit it using the button below.

A few examples of past successful bird projects:

The Secret Life of Parrots: decoding vocal babbling in wild parrot chicks

Crow funerals: What are they thinking about?

Tracking the Endangered White-breasted Thrasher

Should I stay or should I go? Connecting bird behavior during migration to fat stores and antioxidant capacity

How do birds see the world?

How It Works

Challenge grants are prizes to supplement existing crowdfunding campaigns. We will accept proposals for campaigns related to birds, and all the campaigns will launch together on October 28th, 2016. Partway through the campaigns, the project with the highest number of backers will receive an additional $500. There are four runners-up prizes of $200 each.

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