North American Birds is the longstanding journal of ornithological record for birders all across North America, from Alaska and Greenland to Panama and the West Indies. The journal’s mission has been to provide an overview of the changing panorama of the continent’s birdlife—that is, avian status and distribution. More recently, the journal’s scope has expanded to include taxonomy, nomenclature, and identification, making North American Birds a journal of more general North American field ornithology.
Until recently, regional reports, which highlight noteworthy bird records in sub-regions of the continent, made up the bulk of the printed magazine. However, starting with 2016 data, these reports are now being housed online. This has distinct advantages over the old system: Regional reports can now appear lightning-fast rather than with a delay of many months, they can now be easily searched, and they can now feature more photos, as space on the printed page is no longer a concern. Read more about the regional reports here.
Your subscription to North American Birds will help you to become a better birder by ensuring you are kept up-to-date on cutting edge identification strategies, range expansions, vagrancy patterns, and much more.
All ABA members have electronic access to the journal. Printed copies are available to an additional fee. Click here for details.
The journal happily accepts manuscripts for consideration. Contact Editor Michael L. P. Retter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PDF Flipbook Archive
Earlier issues of North American Birds are available at the following links:
- Biodiversity Heritage Library
- SORA (University of New Mexico Searchable Ornithological Research Archive)
CODEBREAKERS: How to Find the Elusive Black Rail
One of the great things about birding is that some birds are incredibly challenging to find, requiring skill, patience, and, maybe most of all, luck. The ABA and Birding magazine are dedicated to helping birders increase their chances of finding the ABA Area’s most difficult birds by providing tips and tricks by top birding experts. That’s the philosophy behind the new Codebreakers series, of which Heather Hill’s column on finding Black Rails is the first entry.
Michael L. P. Retter
Jon L. Dunn
Steve N. G. Howell
Website & IT
Field Ornithology Editor
Regional Report Compilers
A network of the continent’s preeminent field ornithologists works tirelessly to collect and present noteworthy bird sightings in the online Regional Reports.
Chris Andersen, Pierre Bannon, Olivier Barden, Matt Baumann, Michael Brothers, Alvan Buckley, Adam Capparelli, John Carlson, Eric Carpenter, Chris Charlesworth, Paul E. Conover, Normand David, Amy Davis, Jeff N. Davis, Samuel Denault, James J. Dinsmore, Stephen J. Dinsmore, Andrew Dobson, Ryan Douglas, Alex Eberts, Corey Ellingson, Richard A. Erickson, Johan Fine, James Fox, Matthew E. Fraker, Lawrence Gardella, Kimball L. Garrett, Allen Gatham, Aaron Graham, Joseph A. Grzybowski, Greg Hanisek, Eric Heisey, James Hengeveld, Adrian Hinkle, Christopher Hinkle, Greg D. Jackson, Josh Jackson, Rich Jackson, Tom Johnson, Logan Kahle, Andrew Keaveney, Rudolf F. Koes, Oliver Komar, Anthony Levesque, William Marengo, Gerardo Marrón, Ron E. Martin, Guy McCaskie, Keith A. McMullen, Shaibal S. Mitra, Francis L. Moore, Kenny Nichols, Ellison Orcutt, Robert O. Paxton, Wayne R. Petersen, Michael M. Rogers, Frank Rohrbacher, Jen Rothe, Stephen C. Rottenborn, Aaron Rusak, Larry Sansone, David Sarkozi, David Seeler, Dean Shoup, W. Ross Silcock, Chris Sloan, Colin Stempien, Andrew Theus, Thede Tobish, John A. Trent, Joshua P. Uffman, Raymond L. VanBuskirk, John van Dort, Alex Wang, Geoffrey A. Williamson, Enrique Zamora-Hernández.
Advertise in North American Birds: contact John Lowry for rates and custom ad packages >>