AVIS (Avian Information System)
Birds are one of the most mobile and attractive elements of our natural landscape. Research and conservation endeavours over the past few decades have added greatly to the available information on birds of India. Launched in December 2010, the Avian Information System (AVIS) is an interactive platform where users have access to the world of India avifauna with a variety of data on approximately 1,331 species. AVIS comprises general species profiles of birds, it is public participatory and is reviewed time to time by scholars. AVIS-IBIS aims at encouraging studies on the natural history and ecology, gather population and distributional data in a centralized database, and spread awareness about conservation of the avian species.
AVIS comprises of species level information on approximately 1,331 bird species belonging to various regions of India. It is designed for a wide range of stakeholder groups, ranging from amateur wildlife enthusiasts to serious researchers. Modelled on the concept of ‘citizen science’, it aspires to enable participation of amateurs in the gathering of scientific data and building a free resource on Indian biodiversity. AVIS includes an array of modules that provides general species profiles and copyright-free books on birds and natural history. Taxonomic modules on AVIS include profiles of general avian species, a wide range of literature including all major ornithological publications, 42+ copyright free books on birds and natural history, and links to approximately 23 other dedicated databases. The portal in collaboration with Xeno-Canto (www.xeno-canto.org) also has an exclusive database collection of sound/calls of all the birds in the system that is popular with users.
AVIS serves as an invaluable tool for conservationists, researchers, educationists and policy makers in identifying and weighing needs for taking specific conservation action. It is also regularly updated at the developer’s as well as user’s end, which helps in recording the latest sighting across India. The AVIS bibliography covers 1,00,000+ citations with an extensive coverage from the year 1758 to 2010 (spanning almost 252 years) and 2,20,000+ records on museum collections.