May 01


Birds of New Mexico: 21 Must-See Species

Bordered by Texas, Arizona, and Colorado — three of the top birding destinations in the United States — New Mexico is often overlooked by out-of-state birdwatchers seeking new adventures. But the “Land of Enchantment” is very much a birding hotspot in its own right. Located at the intersection of several… Read more >>

Apr 26


Hummingbirds of the United States: A Photo List of All Species

The Americas are home to 365 species of hummingbirds. Fifteen types of hummingbirds can be found living in the United States, along with nine vagrant species that occasionally wander inside our borders. Even though hummingbirds might weigh less than your pocket change, don’t let their tiny size fool you! These… Read more >>

Apr 13


Tagged Songbirds Link Appalachians and Nicaragua

Louisiana Waterthrushes and Wood Thrushes are now singing on eastern forest territories, but nanotags tell us where else they’ve been. In January and February 2020, with support from the Pennsylvania Game Commission, researchers from ABC and the El Jaguar Reserve in Nicaragua deployed 20 of the tiny transmitters on birds… Read more >>

Apr 06


ABC Birding: Kirtland's Warbler Management Areas, Michigan

In “ABC Birding” we take you to a birding site benefiting from ABC and partners' conservation efforts. Before traveling, please consider your health, CDC guidelines, and local restrictions. Kirtland's Warbler. Photo by Jason Jablonski Lay of the Land: Kirtland’s Warbler Management Areas (KWMAs) comprise 23 units of about 220,000 acres… Read more >>

Mar 29


IUCN Red List Update Brings Good News, Some Warnings

Conservation efforts paid off for species previously considered Critically Endangered, including Peru's endemic Junin Grebe. Each year, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) evaluates the status of species on its Red List of Threatened Species, a key listing that ranks most of the worlds’ species by conservation need.… Read more >>

Mar 22


From Tiny Egg to Fledgling: Amazing Facts About How Hummingbirds Grow

Hummingbirds are a dazzling sight, but many of us only see them as full-grown adults. Because these energetic birds are so small, it is easy to miss them in their early stages of life. But the development of young hummingbirds is a wonder of the natural world — more evidence… Read more >>

Mar 12


Pigeons and Doves of the United States: A Photo List of All Species

There are 12 species of pigeons and doves in the United States and Canada. Some are widespread and others more localized “specialties,” occupying small ranges in the southern parts of the United States. The main difference between pigeons and doves is not taxonomic (both are members of the Columbidae family)… Read more >>

Mar 02


Are Wind Turbines a Significant Threat to Birds?

There are many threats to birds ... and they are all significant. Birds face a host of threats — habitat loss, predation by outdoor cats, collisions with windows, pesticide poisoning … the list goes on. Cumulatively, the losses are huge: A recent study by American Bird Conservancy and others showed… Read more >>

Feb 24


After Years of Conflict, Might a Lost Parakeet Species Reveal Itself in This Colombian Forest?

This week in northwestern Colombia, a team of researchers is searching for the Sinú Parakeet (Pyrrhura subandina), a species that has not been officially documented in more than 70 years. After decades of violent civil conflict, one of the many benefits of peace in Colombia has been the chance to… Read more >>

Feb 12


Finches of the United States: A Photo List of All Species

There are 17 North American finch species. These include crossbills, Evening and Pine Grosbeaks, redpolls, and siskins. Birds in the Fringillidae family all have compact bodies, conical bills, and short necks with large jaw muscles. They also have relatively pointed wings, notched tails, and distinctive flight calls. These small to… Read more >>