AVONET: morphological, ecological and geographical data for all birds

Tobias, J. A. et al. (2022) AVONET: morphological, ecological and geographical data for all birds. Ecology Letters, 25(3), pp. 581-597. (doi: 10.1111/ele.13898) (PMID:35199922)

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Functional traits offer a rich quantitative framework for developing and testing theories in evolutionary biology, ecology and ecosystem science. However, the potential of functional traits to drive theoretical advances and refine models of global change can only be fully realised when species‐level information is complete. Here we present the AVONET dataset containing comprehensive functional trait data for all birds, including six ecological variables, 11 continuous morphological traits, and information on range size and location. Raw morphological measurements are presented from 90,020 individuals of 11,009 extant bird species sampled from 181 countries. These data are also summarised as species averages in three taxonomic formats, allowing integration with a global phylogeny, geographical range maps, IUCN Red List data and the eBird citizen science database. The AVONET dataset provides the most detailed picture of continuous trait variation for any major radiation of organisms, offering a global template for testing hypotheses and exploring the evolutionary origins, structure and functioning of biodiversity.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Financial support was received from numerous sources, with extensive support from Natural Environment Research Council grants NE/I028068/1, NE/P004512/1 and UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund grant ES/P011306/1 (JAT).
Keywords:Avian traits, continuous variables, data integration, ecomorphology, functional diversity, macroecology, macroevolution, trait‐based ecology.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Powell, Dr Luke
Authors: Tobias, J. A., Sheard, C., Pigot, A. L., Devenish, A. J. M., Yang, J., Sayol, F., Neate‐Clegg, M. H. C., Alioravainen, N., Weeks, T. L., Barber, R. A., Walkden, P. A., MacGregor, H. E. A., Jones, S. E. I., Vincent, C., Phillips, A. G., Marples, N. M., Montaño‐Centellas, F. A., Leandro‐Silva, V., Claramunt, S., Darski, B., Freeman, B. G., Bregman, T. P., Cooney, C. R., Hughes, E. C., Capp, E. J. R., Varley, Z. K., Friedman, N. R., Korntheuer, H., Corrales‐Vargas, A., Trisos, C. H., Weeks, B. C., Hanz, D. M., Töpfer, T., Bravo, G. A., Remeš, V., Nowak, L., Carneiro, L. S., Moncada R., A. J., Matysioková, B., Baldassarre, D. T., Martínez‐Salinas, A., Wolfe, J. D., Chapman, P. M., Daly, B. G., Sorensen, M. C., Neu, A., Ford, M. A., Mayhew, R. J., Fabio Silveira, L., Kelly, D. J., Annorbah, N. N. D., Pollock, H. S., Grabowska‐Zhang, A. M., McEntee, J. P., Carlos T. Gonzalez, J., Meneses, C. G., Muñoz, M. C., Powell, L. L., Jamie, G. A., Matthews, T. J., Johnson, O., Brito, G. R. R., Zyskowski, K., Crates, R., Harvey, M. G., Jurado Zevallos, M., Hosner, P. A., Bradfer‐Lawrence, T., Maley, J. M., Stiles, F. G., Lima, H. S., Provost, K. L., Chibesa, M., Mashao, M., Howard, J. T., Mlamba, E., Chua, M. A. H., Li, B., Gómez, M. I., García, N. C., Päckert, M., Fuchs, J., Ali, J. R., Derryberry, E. P., Carlson, M. L., Urriza, R. C., Brzeski, K. E., Prawiradilaga, D. M., Rayner, M. J., Miller, E. T., Bowie, R. C. K., Lafontaine, R.‐M., Scofield, R. P., Lou, Y., Somarathna, L., Lepage, D., Illif, M., Neuschulz, E. L., Templin, M., Dehling, D. M., Cooper, J. C., Pauwels, O. S. G., Analuddin, K., Fjeldså, J., Seddon, N., Sweet, P. R., DeClerck, F. A. J., Naka, L. N., Brawn, J. D., Aleixo, A., Böhning‐Gaese, K., Rahbek, C., Fritz, S. A., Thomas, G. H., and Schleuning, M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Ecology Letters
ISSN (Online):1461-0248
Published Online:24 February 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Authors
First Published:First published in Ecology Letters 25(3): 581-597
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License
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