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New research: Why hummingbirds’ feathers shimmer

A study published today in the journal Evolution explains why hummingbird feathers are so iridescent; that is, why they shimmer in the light and shift … Read More “New research: Why hummingbirds’ feathers shimmer”

Download a free guide to bird-photography hotspots

Ever since the first issue of Birder’s World magazine (the predecessor of BirdWatching), in 1987, we have published stories about places to go birding … Read More “Download a free guide to bird-photography hotspots”

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In the News

Australia’s bushfires: An ‘unprecedented’ wildlife emergency

Conservationists express considerable concern for bird species with small ranges and small pre-fire-season populations … Read More “Australia’s bushfires: An ‘unprecedented’ wildlife emergency”

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New research: Why hummingbirds’ feathers shimmer

A study published today in the journal Evolution explains why hummingbird feathers are so iridescent; that is, why they shimmer in the light and shift … Read More “New research: Why hummingbirds’ feathers shimmer”

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How birdwatching changed in the 2010s

5 trends in birding that stand out from the last decade … Read More “How birdwatching changed in the 2010s”

Bird Identification

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Identifying Wandering Tattler and Spotted Sandpiper

Use these pointers to identify Wandering Tattler, a shorebird that is essentially a Pacific Coast specialty … Read More “Identifying Wandering Tattler and Spotted Sandpiper”

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Identifying waterbirds in winter

How sleeping postures can help you identify distant ducks, loons, grebes, and other waterbirds … Read More “Identifying waterbirds in winter”

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Photography

North American birds featured in international photo competition

Bird Photographer of the Year, an annual international photo competition based in the U.K., is accepting entries for its 2020 competition through November 30 … Read More “North American birds featured in international photo competition”

2019 BirdWatching Photography Awards finalists

Photographs of owls, penguins, and more were among the 22 finalists … Read More “2019 BirdWatching Photography Awards finalists”

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Amazing birds and other wildlife from South Africa

10 bird species that are still here thanks to the Endangered Species Act

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Locations & Travel

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”