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A simplified version of the taxonomy used by eBird. Includes proper species as well as various other categories such as spuh (e.g. duck sp.) and slash (e.g. American Black Duck/Mallard). This taxonomy is based on the Clements Checklist, which is updated annually, typically in the late summer. Non-ASCII characters (e.g. those with accents) have been converted to ASCII equivalents in this data frame.




A data frame with eight variables and 16,248 rows:

  • scientific_name: scientific name.

  • common_name: common name, defaults to English, but different languages can be selected using the locale parameter.

  • species_code: a unique alphanumeric code identifying each species.

  • category: whether the entry is for a species or another field-identifiable taxon, such as spuh, slash, hybrid, etc.

  • taxon_order: numeric value used to sort rows in taxonomic order.

  • order: the scientific name of the order that the species belongs to.

  • family: the scientific name of the family that the species belongs to.

  • report_as: for taxa that can be resolved to true species (i.e. species, subspecies, and recognizable forms), this field links to the corresponding species code. For taxa that can't be resolved, this field is NA.

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