Online guide is for the birds

Posted: Monday, April 2, 2012, 9:59 am

Do you enjoy watching the birds in your backyard or spotting a rare species in the wild?

The Birds of North America Online database is for you!

Red-shouldered hawk

Red-shouldered hawk photo provided by bna.birds.cornell.edu
© Marie Read

Birds of North America Online is an outstanding resource for beginning and advanced birdwatchers and a great resource for science projects, offering detailed information on over 700 species of birds found in the continental United States, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Central America and the islands of the Caribbean. The database includes articles about each bird, and provides information about its behavior, migration, demographics and habitat. Articles are accompanied by professional photographs showing plumage, habitat, nests, eggs and chicks.

Birds of North America Online also offers audio recordings of bird songs and calls, such as the yodel of the Pacific Loon or the familiar song of the American Robin. You can also watch videos that highlight bird behaviors: watch an American Goldfinch eat a sunflower seed close-up, a Red-shouldered Hawk in flight or feeding time for a flock of American White Pelicans.

You can search Birds of North America Online by a bird's common name or scientific name, as well as by keywords. Maintained and updated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the content is updated frequently with contributions from researchers, citizen scientists and designated reviewers and editors.

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