• In the December 2022 issue of Birding magazine, we follow Black Swifts on their nighttime flights, enjoy the awe-inspiring work of young birders, learn about tern identification on Florida beaches, and more.

  • This issue of NAB prominently features an in-depth look and reanalysis of plumage aberrations by Hein van Grouw, a widely renowned expert on the topic. NAB Regional Report Publication Editor Randi Minetor summarizes and explains the recent blitzkrieg of Limpkins across the southeastern United States. Chrissy Kondrat, who studies Bendire’s Thrashers professionally, offers her tips for identifying them in the field.

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  •  Podcast

    Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating! How about a fun bird discussion to go along with our one and only bird-related holiday? Nate Swick is joined by Bird Sh*t's Mo Stych, aeroecologist Mikko Jimenez, and the ABA's own Greg Neise to talk about eBird status and trends, hybrid chickadees, bird rediscoveries, and read more >>

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  • I was in Texas last week for the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival and thus, not able to put together a roundup. I appreciate your patience and hope you enjoy this week's edition, full to bursting with two weeks worth of notable birds. The number of state and provincial 1sts to document read more >>

ABA Travel

When you travel with the ABA, you help build a better future for birds and birding. The ABA offers a carefully designed program of birding travel experiences that not only let experience and thrill of seeing great birds and traveling with friendly, interesting people, they give you the satisfaction of knowing that you are supporting local on-the-ground conservation efforts as well as the ABA’s ongoing work to inspire all people to enjoy and protect wild birds.
Below is a sample of what we’ve got going. Click here to view all of our tours >>

  • April 8-20, 2023
    $5,450 - $6,050

    Located in southwestern Africa, Namibia boasts a well-developed infrastructure, some of the best tourist facilities in Africa, and an impressive list of breathtaking natural wonders: the vast Etosha National Park teeming with abundant wildlife; the petrified dunes of Waterberg; and of course the Namib Desert stretching for over 2000 km along the magnificent Atlantic Coast. Namibia is an ideal destination for travelers seeking an unforgettable African experience in a uniquely beautiful untamed wilderness.
  • Sparrows Arizona

    January 26 - February 1, 2023
    $2,785.00 – $3,185.00

    This IFO tour to Southeast Arizona is a must if you want to know all about identification, vocalizations, ecology, natural history, and conservation of a host of resident and migratory sparrows.

We hereby extend a warm invitation to you, and hope you will celebrate the reveal of the ABA’s 2023 Bird of the Year with us in person on December 10, 2022 at Warner Park Nature Center in Nashville, Tennessee! Click here for details >>

  • ... but the most thrilling moment of that brilliant noon hour was when spotter Malia Defelice spoke aloud those blessèd words: Black-footed albatross!

  •  Photo Quiz

    Quiz photo taken late October.
    Ahh, one of those pale, gull things. At least it’s not a member of Larus!
    Or is it?

  •  Current

    On behalf of the ABA Board of Directors and staff, the ABA Awards Committee is delighted to announce the winners of the 2022 ABA Awards. This year, the ABA Awards Committee is happy to recognize one recipient of the ABA Lifetime Achievement Award, also called “The Tropicbird,” one recipient of the Award for Conservation and Education, and two recipients of the Award for Distinguished Service. ABA Awards are given to birders who have done exceptional work in promoting the cause of birding.

  • A review by Rick Wright Flight Identification of European Passerines and Select Landbirds: An Illustrated and Photographic Guide, by Tomasz Cofta Princeton University Press, 2021 496 pages, softcover ABA Sales–Buteo Books 15055 The first hint for many of us that something was going on was a throwaway line in read more >>

  • A review by Dominic García-Hall Birds of Argentina and the South–west Atlantic, by Mark Pearman and Juan Ignacio Areta Princeton University Press, 2021 480 pages, paperback ABA Sales–Buteo Books 13579 If field guides had gestation periods, then the long-awaited Birds of Argentina and the South–west Atlantic’s was elephantine. Since Mark read more >>

  • It’s all over. Migration. It came and went. Why does it always happen so fast? Why didn’t I go birding more during that precious window? How long until shorebirds start passing through again? No, no, no. Not only is it true that migration may not even be over in your...

  • The 2022 mid-year update of the ABA Checklist has been posted. It adds 5 new species:
    Bat Falcon, Red-Masked Parakeet, Lilac-crowned Parrot, Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush, Chihuahuan Meadowlark.

  • A review by Rick Wright Flight Identification of European Passerines and Select Landbirds: An Illustrated and Photographic Guide, by Tomasz Cofta Princeton University Press, 2021 496 pages, softcover ABA Sales–Buteo Books 15055 The first hint for many of us that something was going on was a throwaway line in read more >>

  • The 2022 mid-year update of the ABA Checklist has been posted. It adds 5 new species:
    Bat Falcon, Red-Masked Parakeet, Lilac-crowned Parrot, Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush, Chihuahuan Meadowlark.

  •  Current

    On behalf of the ABA Board of Directors and staff, the ABA Awards Committee is delighted to announce the winners of the 2022 ABA Awards. This year, the ABA Awards Committee is happy to recognize one recipient of the ABA Lifetime Achievement Award, also called “The Tropicbird,” one recipient of the Award for Conservation and Education, and two recipients of the Award for Distinguished Service. ABA Awards are given to birders who have done exceptional work in promoting the cause of birding.