Most bird species (continent)
Who
South America
What
3,445 total number
Where
Not Applicable ()
When
2020

According to the latest data from BirdLife International, South America is home to a total of 3,445 bird species, or almost one-third of all species in the world (based on the 2020 edition of the checklist of birds of the world by BirdLife International).


Not surprisingly, South America (often called the "Bird Continent") is the location of the country containing the most bird species: Colombia boasts 1,884 bird species, which is 16.9% of global total. The second and third countries with the greatest avifauna biodiversity also lie within South America: Peru (1,861) and Brazil (1,817).