Most bird species (continent)
South America
3,557 total number
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According to the latest data from BirdLife International, South America is home to a total of 3,557 bird species, or almost one-third (31.8%) of all species in the world, as of October 2023.

Not surprisingly, South America (often called the "Bird Continent") is the location of the country containing the most bird species: Colombia boasts 1,866 bird species, which is 16.7% of global total. The second and third countries with the greatest avifauna biodiversity also lie within South America: Peru (1,860) and Brazil (1,816).