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About VIREO

VIREO (Visual Resources for Ornithology) is the world-wide bird photograph collection of The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. With more than 160,000 photographs representing over 7,300 species VIREO is the world's most comprehensive collection of ornithological images.

More than 700 photographers from around the world have contributed to VIREO. The collection contains work by some of the world's most talented photographers.



European Bee-eater by Jorge Sierra s68-1-113
Green-crowned Brilliant by Glenn Bartley

VIREO was started in 1979 to create a centralized, well-curated collection of bird photographs accessible for scientific and public use.

VIREO licenses bird images for a wide variety of commercial and non-profit uses. VIREO also sells digital images for lectures. Registered users may create a digital lightbox to facilitate orders.

There are currently more than 99,000 images in VIREO's online bird image database. More are being added daily.

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Lewis's Woodpecker b57-16-254