• Piping Plover

    The small, sand-colored Piping Plover, named for its melodic, plaintive whistle, is a bird of beaches and barrier islands, sharing this habitat with Least Terns, Black Skimmers, and Wilson’s Plovers. Beaches are also popular with people, and their impacts have… Read More »

  • 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… Read More »

  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird

    The Ruby-throated Hummingbird weighs less than a nickel, and like all hummingbird species including the Calliope and Rufous, it is a master of flight. Beating its wings 60 to 80 times a second, this tiny sprite creates a blur of… Read More »

  • Barn Swallow

    "Everybody who notices birds at all knows, admires, and loves the graceful, friendly barn swallow," wrote ornithologist Arthur C. Bent in the early 20th century, in his Life Histories of Familiar North American Birds. "No bird in North America is… Read More »

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    ABC at 20: Results for Birds

    We don’t believe in looking back too much here at ABC; there is just too much happening in the present. But as we passed our 20th anniversary, we took a moment to celebrate our successes and reflect on what we… Read More »

  • Top 2020 Bird Conservation Highlights

    In spite of the challenges posed by the global pandemic, American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and partners rallied our way to a great year in 2020, achieving notable gains for bird conservation throughout the Western Hemisphere. We created new protected areas… Read More »

  • Stuck at home? Use the Opportunity to Make Migration Safer for Birds

    Birds have inspired many of us this spring. Here are seven home activities to give back during the COVID-19 outbreak. Instead of pursuing birds this spring, many of us have settled in, watching from windows and yards. While the setting… Read More »

  • American Wild Birds in Trouble; New Book Provides Hope for Future

    For Immediate Release Contact: 202-234-7181 ext.210 The American Bird Conservation Guide to Bird Conservation is now on sale through all major retailers. (Washington, D.C., November 4, 2010). As populations of many American bird species continue to decline, hope stems from… Read More »

  • 3 Billion Birds Gone

    The biodiversity crisis has come to our backyards. In less than a single human lifetime, 2.9 billion breeding adult birds have been lost from the United States and Canada, across every ecosystem and including familiar birds: The Dark-eyed Junco has… Read More »

  • 'Tis the Season to #GiveBackToBirds: 20+ Plus Ways to Help

    Here at ABC, we are always thinking about ways to give back to birds (like this hummingbird, featured in our logo). And because December is the season of giving, we kicked off a month of suggesting ways--big and small--that enable… Read More »

  • Juan Fernández Firecrown

    The beautiful Juan Fernández Firecrown is surely one of the world’s most isolated hummingbird species. Unlike mainland birds such as the Chilean Woodstar, this hummingbird is found on just one far-flung Pacific island in Chile's remote Juan Fernández Archipelago, more… Read More »

  • The Five Rarest Hawaiian Birds: Native Species on the Edge of Extinction

    Two-thirds of Hawaiian native avian diversity — 95 species — has disappeared since human settlement of the islands 1,600 or more years ago, earning the state its grim label as “the bird extinction capital of the world.” The danger to… Read More »

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    Protect Hawai‘i's Native Birds from Extinction

    Thanks to the generosity of ABC supporters, we have reached our campaign goal, but we are still accepting donations until September 30. 'A'ohe pu'u ki'eki'e ke ho'a'o 'ia e pi'i No hill is too high to be climbed In many… Read More »

  • The Nature of Threats to Birds

    Here’s a simple taxonomy of threats to birds. Those that are natural (normal predation, disease, weather events, etc.); those affecting reproduction (nesting habitat loss or degradation); and those affecting the survivorship of adults (everything else). How we think about these… Read More »

  • Carolina Wren

    "Like others of its tribe, the Carolina Wren is the embodiment of tireless energy and activity," wrote ornithologist Arthur Cleveland Bent, "seldom still for a moment, as he dodges in and out of the underbrush or creeps over and around… Read More »

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    Red-breasted Nuthatch

    Once known as the Canada Nuthatch or Red-bellied Nuthatch, the active, compact Red-breasted Nuthatch is a common resident of northern and western coniferous and mixed forests in the United States and Canada. Usually well-hidden within the thick forest it favors,… Read More »

  • Black-capped Chickadee

    The feisty Black-capped Chickadee is the most common and widespread of the seven chickadee species found in North America. Named for its call and trademark black cap, this little bird is a common sight at backyard bird feeders, along with… Read More »

  • Chipping Sparrow

    The dainty little Chipping Sparrow, like the Blue Jay and Northern Cardinal, is a familiar sight in suburbs and backyards across North America. In the springtime, this sparrow is easily recognized by its bright reddish crown, bold black and white… Read More »

  • Downy Woodpecker

    Famed ornithologist John James Audubon remarked that the Downy Woodpecker "is perhaps not surpassed by any of its tribe in hardiness, industry, or vivacity." Other noted naturalists, from Alexander Wilson to Edward Forbush, sang its praises, with Forbush calling this… Read More »

  • Blue Jay

    The brash and beautiful Blue Jay is seldom regarded with indifference. Some think it's an aggressive bully, while others love its boisterous, sociable nature. A member of the Corvid family, related to the Common Raven and Green Jay, the Blue… Read More »