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AVONET: morphological, ecological and geographical data for all birds

Tobias, Joseph A; Sheard, Catherine; Pigot, Alex L; Devenish, Adam JM; Yang, Jingyi; Sayol, Ferran; Neate-Clegg, Montague HC; ... Schleuning, Matthias; + view all (2022) AVONET: morphological, ecological and geographical data for all birds. Ecology Letters , 25 (3) pp. 581-597. 10.1111/ele.13898. Green open access

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Abstract

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.

Type: Article
Title: AVONET: morphological, ecological and geographical data for all birds
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/ele.13898
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/ele.13898
Language: English
Additional information: © 2022 The Authors. Ecology Letters published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: avian traits, continuous variables, data integration, ecomorphology, functional diversity, macroecology, macroevolution, trait-based ecology, Animals, Biodiversity, Biological Evolution, Birds, Ecosystem, Humans, Phylogeny
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Genetics, Evolution and Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10144437
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