Become a bird "brain" with library resource

Posted: Monday, April 7, 2014, 8:59 am

Whether you're an amateur ornithologist or a backyard bird-watcher, the Library offers you access to the ultimate online guide to your feathered friends.

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler photo provided by
© B.L. Sullivan

From Abert's Towhee to the Zone-Tailed Hawk, Birds of North America Online offers detailed scientific information for more than 700 species of birds nesting in the continental United States, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Central America and the islands of the Caribbean.

Articles about each bird include information about its behavior, migration, demographics and habitat and are accompanied by professional photographs showing plumage, habitat, nests, eggs and chicks.

Birds of North America Online also contains compelling audio and video clips. Listen to audio recordings of bird songs and calls, such as the yodel of the Pacific Loon or the familiar song of the American Robin. Videos also highlight bird behaviors, such as an up-close view of an American Goldfinch eating a sunflower seed, a Red-shouldered Hawk in flight or feeding time for a flock of American White Pelicans.

Search Birds of North America Online by a bird's common name, scientific name as well as 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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