About AVIS (Avian Information System of India)
Welcome to AVIS (Avian Information System of India), an internet-based and peer-reviewed resource devoted to Indian Birds. India is one of the 17 "mega diverse" countries of the world. The political boundaries of India encompass a wide range of ecozones—desert, high mountains, highlands, tropical and temperate forests, swamplands, plains, grasslands, riverine areas as well as island archipelago.
The endeavour behind this portal is to disseminate comprehensive information on various aspects of the biology of Indian Birds, encourage their observation to study their natural history and ecology, gather population and distributional data in a centralised database, and spread awareness about their conservation. The portal is developed by FOUNDATION FOR ECOLOGICAL SECURITY (FES), Anand, India. Modelled on the concept of "citizen science", it is aspired for ordinary citizens to participate in gathering scientific data and building this free resource on Indian Birds. We welcome you all to get involved in AVIS! You can CONTRIBUTE DATA, IMAGES, or just spread the word.
About IBIS (India Biodiversity Information System)
One of the fundamental issues in the conservation of biological diversity is the availability of adequate and reliable information with which to develop conservation strategies. India is an important country for bird conservation, and many efforts have been undertaken to study important and threatened bird species in the region. Much of the data and literature is archived and not easily accessible. Ongoing research and monitoring programmes will accumulate valuable data on various aspects of ecology and conservation of biodiversity. To make best use of all available data, we have developed a Web-based portal on Indian Birds (AVIS). This Information System (AVIS-IBIS) is web-based, modular and searchable, allowing users to source information on status, distribution and ecology of different bird species in the region. This system can be linked to other relevant databases and information systems. IBIS will prove to be an important tool for achieving research, conservation and education goals and will serve as a model for developing similar systems on other taxa as well. Overall, it will facilitate all users to access almost all related data and information from a single platform.
AVIS is the first portal in the IBIS Portal Series developed by FOUNDATION FOR ECOLOGICAL SECURITY (FES), Anand, India.
This website is still being developed. Please be patient and visit here again because you will notice this website and the resources offered here growing steadily.