Bird lovers: Flock to online resource

Posted: Monday, April 3, 2017, 9:04 am

April's arrival brings Ohio's spring migration of marvelous warblers and other birds winging their way to summer homes further north. It is also is a great time to check out the library's fantastic online guide to our feathered friends.

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler photo provided by
© Arthur Morris / Birds As Art

Whether you're an amateur ornithologist or a backyard bird-watcher, the Library offers you access to Birds of North America Online.

From the Eastern Wood-Pewee to the Zone-Tailed Hawk, Birds of North America Online offers detailed scientific information for over 700 species of birds that nest in the continental United States, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean islands.

Because each bird has its own article, Birds of North America Online is a great resource for school assignments, too. Articles include information about behavior, migration, demographics and habitat. They also have professional photographs showing plumage, habitat, nests, eggs and chicks.

Birds of North America Online also offers striking audio and video clips. Listen to recordings of bird songs and calls, such as the yodel of the Pacific Loon, the haunting call of the whip-poor-will or the familiar song of the Northern Cardinal. Videos also highlight bird behaviors, such as an up-close view of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird with its tongue out, a Northern Harrier falcon hunting and hovering 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, its scientific name or with 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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