Birding Factoids

1043 species 
(including Hawaii)
in 67 families

140 of the 246 species 
endemic to 
North America are 
represented here. 
41 endemic species. 

    General United States
Checklist of American BirdsSpeciality BirdsPrint and Other ResourcesMap

Bald Eagle - National Bird of the United States
    ....Bird Checklists of the United States - Northern Prairie Wildlife 
      Research Centre 
    ....Western Atlantic Shorebird Alliance - Monitor shore bird migration! 
      WASA was set up to provide an international forum for all those involved in the study and management of shorebirds on the West Atlantic Flyway. After a meeting of experts from Federal, State and Non-profit organizations in September 1998 it was concluded that the numerous efforts to research and monitor shorebirds and to manage human impact on their habitat should be integrated in a more meaningful way, one that would avoid data duplication and could be used for management purposes.
    ....Top 100 North American Birding Hot Spots - Thayer Software. If you 
      would like to see over 100 birds in just one day, you will have to visit many different habitats. Some of North America's most famous Birding Hot Spots include a variety of habitats within a small area. These Top 100 Hot Spots were selected with the help of the members of the American Birding Association at their most recent convention in Park City, Utah.
    ....Top 50 Hot Spots in US & Canada - As selected by ABA members
      at the 1994 Minot, ND convention)
    ....Birds of the Mid-Atlantic Region - by Steve Lonker. There are 
      photos, maps, slide shows, satellite images, and recorded bird songs.
    ....Neornithes - Living Birds of the World - A Data Bank of the living
      and known birds of the world, structured according to the conventional classification system. It enables the retrieval of a wide range of information  from the taxonomic hierarchy: Order, Family, Genus, Specie and Subspecie, and makes provision for retrieval other classifications such as common names (English and Italian),   geographical distribution of species and subspecies, the taxonomic notes and the european species and the world numbers (w.n.) according to the numerical system used by the American Ornithologist Union.

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USA Endemics

Information derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists
in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.02. Species printed in red are extinct.
Species printed in blue are endangered.

Continental USA 

___ Akekee
___ Akepa
___ Akialoa
___ Akiapolauu
___ Akikiki
___ Akohekohe
___ Amaui
___ Anianiau
___ Apapane
___ Bishop's O'o
___ Black Mamo
___ Elepaio
___ Greater Amakihi
___ Greater Koa Finch
___ Hawaiian Crake
___ Hawaii Creeper
___ Hawaiian Crow
___ Hawaiian Duck
___ Hawaiian Goose
___ Hawaiian Hawk
___ Hawaii Mamo
___ Hawaii O'o
___ Hawaiian Petrel
___ I'iwi
___ Kakawahie
___ Kamao
___ Kauai Amakihi
___ Kauai O'o
___ Kioea
___ Kona Grossbeak
___ Lanai Hookbill
___ Laysan Crake
___ Laysan Duck
___ Laysan Finch
___ Lesser Koa Finch
___ Maui Alauahio
___ Maui Parrotbill
___ Millerbird
___ Nihoa Finch
___ Nukupuu
___ Oahu Alauahio
___ Oahu Amakihi
___ Oahu O'o
___ Olomao
___ Omao
___ Ou
___ Palila
___ Puaiohi
___ Poo-uli
___ Ula-ai-hawane
___ Amchitka Cormorant
___ Black Rosy-Finch
___ Brown-capped Rosy-Finch
___ California Condor
___ Carolina Parakeet
___ Florida Scrub-Jay
___ Island Scrub-Jay
___ Lesser Prairie Chicken
___ McKay's Bunting
___ Red-cockaded Woodpecker
___ Yellow-billed Magpie

33 endemics
17 extinct

8 endemics
3 extinct

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USA Endangered Species

(Continental USA Only)

This information is based on unpublished information for updating Birds to Watch2.
Copyright ©1998  BirdLife International and Ian A. Patton.
Mexican and Hawaiian endangered species are listed separately.

Breeding Birds

Non-breeding Birds

___ Bachman's Warbler
___ Black-capped Vireo
___ Bristle-thighed Curlew
___ California Condor
___ Eared Trogon
___ Eskimo Curlew
___ Golden-cheeked Warbler
___ Hawaiian Coot
___ Kirtland's Warbler
___ Mountain Plover
___ Newell's Shearwater
___ Piping Plover
___ Red-crowned Parrot
___ Red-legged Kittiwake
___ Red-cockaded Woodpecker
___ Short-tailed Albatross
___ Spectacled Eider
___ Stellar's Eider
___ Thick-billed Parrot
___ Worthen's Sparrow
___ Spoonbill Sandpiper
___ Stellar's Sea-Eagle
___ Whooping Crane

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Print and Other Resources

on American Birds and Birding

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    ....Check out Books of a Feather - Which field guide is best for you? By
      Robert Winkler for a comparative review of North American Field Guides.
    ....National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America ....A Field Guide to Western Birds : A Completely New Guide to Field 
      Marks of All Species Found in North America West of the 100th Meridian and North of Mexico - by Roger Tory Peterson (Illustrator). Paperback - 431 pages (1990). Often called the birdwatcher's "bible," Roger Tory Peterson's Field Guides revolutionized bird identification and started a series of books on everything from Atmosphere to Wildflowers. It is still one of the best tools for bird identification, especially for those just learning how to recognize different birds.
    ....A Field Guide to the Birds : A Completely New Guide to All the Birds
      0f Eastern and Central North America (Peterson Field Guides) - by Roger Tory Peterson. Paperback 4th edition (June 1998). The updated volume of the bestselling Peterson Field Guide Series features the unique Peterson Identification System covering all birds of eastern and central North America, shown in full color and described in detail. Summer and winter ranges, breeding grounds, and other special range data are shown on 390 complete, easy-to-read range maps.
    ....Stokes Field Guide to Birds: Eastern Region (Stokes Field Guides) - 
      by Donald Stokes, Lillian Stokes (Contributor). Paperback (January 1996). Notable for its numerous identification keys including a quick, full-color visual guide to the most common backyard birds, a quick alphabetical index on the inside covers (as well as a complete one within) and a color tab index to bird groups. Superb color photographs include relevant plumage variations.
    ....Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs : Eastern Region (Three 
      compact discs and 64-page booklet) - by Donald Stokes, Lillian Stokes, Lang Elliott. (May 1997).  This guide to bird songs covers over 370 species and comes in cassette and compact disc versions, both retailed at the same price.  For some RealAudio samples of ten species soundprints from the Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs, visit Lang Elliott's website and follow the links for the Stokes Guide.1
    ....Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs : Western Region - by Kevin 
      Colver, Donald Stokes, Lillian Q. Stokes. (April 1999) This historic collection of 552 species of bird songs and calls contains nearly all bird species likely to be heard in western north America. From Brownsville to Barrow to your own backyard, from ocean waters to desert canyons to arctic tundra, you can now learn the birds you will encounter on nearly any western birding adventure.
    ....Birds of North America : A Guide to Field Identification by Chandler 
      S. Robbins, Bertel Bruun, Herbert Spencer Zim (Contributor). Hardcover - 360 pages (November 1983). This is commonly known as the "Golden" Guide. Brief descriptions and illustrations help to identify 650 species of birds in North America, with information on characteristics, range maps, and song patterns. (There are particularly nice sections on comparative head patterns for sparrows and warblers - Tina)
    ....The Birder's Handbook : A Field Guide to the Natural History of North
      American Birds;Including All Species That Regularly Breed North of Mexico - by Darryl Wheye (Contributor), Paul R. Ehrlich, David S. Dobkin (Contributor). Paperback - 785 pages  (June 1988). Compact and yet filled with information, this portable encyclopedia of North American bird behavior is a complement to field guides. Learn more about the species you see in the field, and--when in doubt--use this handy reference as another tool for identification. 
    ....The Visitor's Guide to the Birds of the Rocky Mountain National ....National Geographic Guide to Birdwatching Sites, Eastern U.S
      by Mel White. Paperback - 320 pages (April 1999) Includes a great mix of precise information and superb visuals with site descriptions, starred species lists, best seasons and vantage points, and travel and visitor information. 100 full-color photos, 8 maps. 
    ....Birdfinder : A Birder's Guide to Planning North American Trips
      (ABA Birdfinding Guide) - by Jerry A. Cooper, Paul J. Baicich (Editor) Hardcover - 374 pages. Spiral edition (January 1996). A do it yourself guide to birding trips around the country including detailed itineraries. Professionals in the nature tours trade may want to keep this book a secret since it allows anybody to reproduce many of their trips at a significant cost saving.
    ....America's 100 Most Wanted Birds : Finding the Rarest Regularly
      Occuring Birds in the Lower 48 States - by Steven G. Mlodinow, Michael O'Brien. Paperback - 512 pages (September 1996).  A bird-watcher's guide to finding the country's rarest birds. Species descriptions include information on present status and distribution, patterns of occurrence, favored locations, identification, and tips for successful sighting. Includes a site guide describing places to look for birds in each state, with detailed maps and information on camping and lodging.

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