The Bird 10K Project

2016 - present


This initiative aims to generate representative draft genome sequences from all extant bird species within the next five years. The project builds upon the successful effort by the Avian Phylogenomics Project in 2014 to sequence representatives of 30 bird orders.

B10K is currently in the late stages of completing an avian phylogeny based on genome sequences of birds from 300 families and subfamilies. The samples requested from Sylvan Heights -- Abyssinian Blue-winged Goose (Cyanochen cyanopterus) and Long-toed Lapwing (Vanellus crassirostris) -- will be used for the next project phase: sequencing genomes from representatives of all extant bird genera. This will be the first genus-level genomic phylogeny of any vertebrate class, and will represent a major step forward in the reconstruction of the avian tree of life. The genome sequences produced by B10K will be made immediately available to the scientific community, and will be of great use to researchers and conservation workers.