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Ring-necked Ducks

10 great birds with bad names

Some avian monikers just don’t pass the sniff test … Read More “10 great birds with bad names”

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”


In the News

Thick-billed Parrot

Thick-billed Parrot tracking project launched

New effort aims to inform conservation decisions for the bird in Mexico … Read More “Thick-billed Parrot tracking project launched”


Study: Birds are shrinking as the climate warms

Forty years of data show that migratory birds have been getting smaller … Read More “Study: Birds are shrinking as the climate warms”


Big winter for Snowy Owls unlikely, expert says

We are far off the pace of an irruption year for the big white birds … Read More “Big winter for Snowy Owls unlikely, expert says”

Bird Identification

Wanderling Tattler

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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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

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”