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Research Article

Global Patterns of Geographic Range Size in Birds

  • C. David L Orme,

    Affiliation: Division of Biology, Imperial College London, Ascot, Berkshire, United Kingdom

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  • Richard G Davies,

    Affiliation: Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom

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  • Valerie A Olson,

    Affiliation: Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park, London, United Kingdom

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  • Gavin H Thomas,

    Affiliation: School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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  • Tzung-Su Ding,

    Affiliation: School of Forestry and Resource Conservation, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

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  • Pamela C Rasmussen,

    Affiliation: Michigan State University Museum and Department of Zoology, East Lansing, Michigan, United States of America

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  • Robert S Ridgely,

    Affiliation: Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Ali J Stattersfield,

    Affiliation: BirdLife International, Girton, Cambridge, United Kingdom

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  • Peter M Bennett,

    Affiliation: Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park, London, United Kingdom

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  • Ian P. F Owens,

    Affiliations: Division of Biology, Imperial College London, Ascot, Berkshire, United Kingdom, NERC Centre for Population Biology, Imperial College London, Ascot, Berkshire, United Kingdom

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  • Tim M Blackburn,

    Affiliation: School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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  • Kevin J Gaston mail

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: k.j.gaston@sheffield.ac.uk

    Affiliation: Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom

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  • Published: June 20, 2006
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0040208

About the Authors

C. David L Orme, Ian P. F Owens
Division of Biology, Imperial College London, Ascot, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Richard G Davies, Kevin J Gaston
Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Valerie A Olson, Peter M Bennett
Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park, London, United Kingdom
Gavin H Thomas, Tim M Blackburn
School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Tzung-Su Ding
School of Forestry and Resource Conservation, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
Pamela C Rasmussen
Michigan State University Museum and Department of Zoology, East Lansing, Michigan, United States of America
Robert S Ridgely
Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Ali J Stattersfield
BirdLife International, Girton, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Ian P. F Owens
NERC Centre for Population Biology, Imperial College London, Ascot, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Corresponding Author

Email: k.j.gaston@sheffield.ac.uk

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

KJG conceived the study. CDLO, RGD, and KJG designed the analyses. CDLO, RGD, and GHT performed the analyses. VAO, TSD, PCR, RSR, AJS, and PMB contributed data. CDLO, RGD, IPFO, TMB, and KJG wrote the paper.