Leading Off

170+ groups oppose border wall, say it would threaten wildlife and public lands

The groups are steadfastly opposed to a border wall across parts of Texas due to the negative effects it would have on birds and other … Read More “170+ groups oppose border wall, say it would threaten wildlife and public lands”

Inaccessible Island Rail

Researchers unravel origins of world’s smallest flightless bird

The South Atlantic’s Inaccessible Island Rail split from a relative that lives on mainland South America 1.5 million years ago … Read More “Researchers unravel origins of world’s smallest flightless bird”

In the News

fossil bird

Rare fossil bird deepens mystery of avian extinctions

Most complete North American enantiornithine fossil was aerodynamic equal of modern birds … Read More “Rare fossil bird deepens mystery of avian extinctions”

Increase in shorebird nest predation tied to climate change

Researchers have found that nest predation rates in the Arctic, where many shorebirds breed, have increased threefold in the last 70 years … Read More “Increase in shorebird nest predation tied to climate change”

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November 2018 birding festivals

8 fun events where you can see cranes, eagles, and many other birds … Read More “November 2018 birding festivals”

Rote Leaf-Warbler

New leaf-warbler discovered in Indonesia

Researchers from Singapore and Indonesia have described an unusual new songbird species. They named it the Rote Leaf-Warbler (Phylloscopus rotiensis) after the island of … Read More “New leaf-warbler discovered in Indonesia”

Bird Identification

Orange-crowned Warbler

Identifying Orange-crowned Warbler and Tennessee Warbler

Kenn Kaufman describes what to look for to identify the variable Orange-crowned Warbler and the similar Tennessee Warbler … Read More “Identifying Orange-crowned Warbler and Tennessee Warbler”

molt

What to look for as birds molt their worn-out feathers

Late summer is the time of year when many birds replace their feathers in a process called molt. Old feathers, most of which have been … Read More “What to look for as birds molt their worn-out feathers”

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Photography

Winners of the 2018 Bird Photographer of the Year contest

The winning images of the Bird Photographer of the Year contest include stunning photos of flamingos, gannets, Little Egret, and more … Read More “Winners of the 2018 Bird Photographer of the Year contest”

Nine top cameras for birders

Here are nine cameras that we like and suggest birders explore for their photography needs … Read More “Nine top cameras for birders”

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Eye candy: Toucans and barbets are must-see species in Costa Rica

No bird family captures the imagination like the toucans. Here’s an introduction to Costa Rica’s six members of the family and its two similar barbets … Read More “Eye candy: Toucans and barbets are must-see species in Costa Rica”

Cuba bird survey

Cuba bird survey in March 2019 with David Sibley

You are invited on an exclusive, U.S.-led and U.S.-managed birding program to Cuba sponsored by BirdWatching magazine in partnership with the Caribbean Conservation Trust, Inc., with special guest host David Allen Sibley, from March 2-11, 2019. Click here to reserve your spot, or scroll to the bottom of this post to download the registration form. For the fifth time, BirdWatching … Read More “Cuba bird survey in March 2019 with David Sibley”

Hotspots Near You

We’ve published “Hotspots Near You” since October 2006. In it, we provide up-to-date information from local birders about easily accessible places to watch birds. We offer maps, directions, bird lists, links, contact information, and detailed descriptions of hotspots that are great for birding close to home. Read More “Hotspots Near You”