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  • Mountain Bluebird

    Mountain Bluebird

    The Mountain Bluebird was once called the Arctic or Ultramarine Blue-Bird — names that recognize its northerly range and the male's vivid sky-blue plumage. This small thrush, about two-thirds the size of an American Robin, is the state bird of… Read More »

  • Endangered Birds

      At the pinnacle of ABC's Bird Conservation Framework, we work to prevent extinction of the Western Hemisphere's most endangered birds, creating and sustaining protected areas to provide essential habitat and reducing threats to birds within those habitats. Priority bird… Read More »

  • “The Global Wildlife Crisis Has Arrived in Our Backyards”

    Media Contact: Jordan Rutter, ABC Director of Public Relations,  202-888-7472 | jerutter@abcbirds.org (Washington, D.C., September 20, 2019) “The global wildlife crisis has arrived in our backyards,” said Michael J. Parr, President of American Bird Conservancy and co-author of a new study published in… Read More »

  • Atlantic Puffin

    The Atlantic Puffin is a small seabird, only a bit larger than a Mourning Dove, but it’s heavy for its size, weighing just over a pound — about the same weight as a full beverage can. It's the only puffin… Read More »

  • Black-throated Blue Warbler. Photo by Brian Lasenby.

    Black-throated Blue Warbler

    Unlike more elusive species such as Kentucky and Swainson's Warblers, the beautiful Black-throated Blue Warbler is remarkably tame and often easy to see. Sometimes, it will even forage low in the underbrush within a few feet of enthralled onlookers. The… Read More »

  • New Study Finds U.S. and Canada Have Lost More Than One in Four Birds in the Past 50 Years

    Media Contact: Jordan Rutter, ABC Director of Public Relations, 202-888-7472 | jerutter@abcbirds.org (Washington, D.C., September 19, 2019) A study published today in the journal Science reveals that since 1970, bird populations in the United States and Canada have declined by… Read More »

  • Top 10 Myths About Wind Energy and Birds

    Wind energy is known to many as a “green” solution to climate change. But wind energy is really just another form of industrial development, and we can’t ignore its costs and consequences to wildlife and their habitats. As Director of… Read More »

  • Galapagos Penguin

    The Galapagos Penguin is the smallest South American penguin, and the only one to live near the equator. It shares the Galápagos Archipelago with other seabirds such as the Galapagos Petrel and Waved Albatross. It is the most northerly-breeding penguin… Read More »

  • Recent Bird Kills Only Tip of the Iceberg

    For Immediate Release Contact: , 202-234-7181 ext. 212 Wind farm. Photo: Mike Parr (Washington, D.C., January 7, 2011) Recent reports of thousands of dead birds falling from the sky in Arkansas, while getting much attention in the press, only represent… Read More »

  • Black Rail

    Black Rail

    The tiny, red-eyed Black Rail is only the size of a sparrow and is the smallest rail in North America. Like its South American relative, the Junin Rail, it is as elusive as a mouse, skulking and scurrying under the… Read More »

  • Macaroni Penguin

    The Macaroni Penguin is part of a larger group known as crested penguins, all found on small islands in the southernmost reaches of the world's oceans. All crested penguins are distinguished by eye-catching yellow crests and reddish eyes, beaks, and… Read More »

  • 1625 Painting of a Dodo

    Six Extinct Birds Whose Fame Lives On: The Dodo, Passenger Pigeon, and More

    Early representation of the Dodo, circa 1625. Painting by Ustad Mansur. More than 180 bird species (out of around 10,000 total) have likely gone extinct over the last 500 years, and the rate of extinction is accelerating. Bird species have… Read More »

  • When Will Migratory Birds Arrive? Find Out Using These Bird Migration Maps

    Not so long ago, knowing when and where to find migratory birds was something of an art. A combination of variables, including weather and the birds themselves, kept arrival dates shrouded in mystery. As a result, birders were largely dependent… Read More »

  • 'Apapane. Photo by Robby Kohley.

    'Apapane

    The bright crimson feathers of the ‘Apapane were prized by native Hawaiians, who used them to adorn the capes, helmets, and feather leis of Hawaiian nobility. This native honeycreeper, like the 'I'iwi, has one of the highest rates of avian… Read More »

  • Barn Swallow by Andrew M. Allport/Shutterstock

    Bird City Network

    Strengthening Bird Conservation by Fostering Bird Cities The many challenges facing birds throughout the Americas have reduced breeding bird populations by 3 billion birds since 1970. Bringing the birds back requires sound science, effective planning, and an army of local conservationists… Read More »

  • White-crowned Sparrow

    The dapper White-crowned Sparrow is easily recognized by its boldly striped head, colorful pink or yellow bill, and unmarked gray breast. Like its close relative the White-throated Sparrow, this handsome bird is a widespread winter visitor in many parts of… Read More »

  • Blue-headed Vireo. Photo by Paul Rossi.

    Blue-headed Vireo

    The colorful Blue-headed Vireo is a standout among more plain-plumaged relatives such as the Red-eyed Vireo. This handsome Neotropical migrant is easy to identify, with a blue-gray head set off by bold white "spectacles," bright yellow flanks, olive-green back, and… Read More »

  • Horned Lark, Mike Parr

    Save Birds, Save Our Earth

    We have lost 3 billion birds in the last 50 years. Our study in Science shocked the world with the news that nearly 3 billion breeding adult birds have been lost from the United States and Canada over the past… Read More »