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pterosaurs

New research: Feathers came before birds

Researchers discovered that feathers arose about 100 million years before birds … Read More “New research: Feathers came before birds”

birdsong

How birds learn to sing

Eldon Greij explains how the cleverly wired avian brain enables young birds to carry a tune … Read More “How birds learn to sing”

In the News

Elsa Thompson

Three tragic losses for the birding world

On Saturday, May 25, the North American birding community lost two remarkable, important women: Elsa Thompson, the co-founder of Bird Watcher’s Digest&nbsp … Read More “Three tragic losses for the birding world”

pygmy-owls

News about birds and birding in mid-June

Updates about pygmy-owls hatching in Arizona, a reward in the Ontario Whooping Crane shooting, a campaign to replace vandalized nest boxes, and more … Read More “News about birds and birding in mid-June”

Darwin's finches

Parasitic fly affects quality of song for Darwin’s finches

The fly was already known to attack nestling finches. Now, we learn it’s an even bigger problem … Read More “Parasitic fly affects quality of song for Darwin’s finches”

Aplomado Falcon

500th Aplomado Falcon nestling banded in South Texas

The nestling marks a notable milestone since recovery efforts began in 1995 … Read More “500th Aplomado Falcon nestling banded in South Texas”

Bird Identification

Bell's Vireo, Arizona race

Tips for identifying Bell’s Vireo

With photographs from Brian E. Small, author Kenn Kaufman provides tips for identifying Bell’s Vireo … Read More “Tips for identifying Bell’s Vireo”

wing feathers

What birders should know about wing feathers

Focusing on wing coverts can lead to further insights about birds … Read More “What birders should know about wing feathers”

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Photography

Tips and techniques for taking photos of hummingbirds

William Jobes shares how he takes memorable photos of these avian jewels in his backyard … Read More “Tips and techniques for taking photos of hummingbirds”

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Locations & Travel

Honduras: A birder’s view

The Central American country is a meeting point for the birds of the Americas — and a terrific destination for birders … Read More “Honduras: A birder’s view”

16 must-see birding hotspots in southern Ontario

Writer and photographer Jerry Uhlman shares spring hotspots along Canada’s Riviera … Read More “16 must-see birding hotspots in southern Ontario”

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”