Birds of North America


As the weather gets warmer, our feathered friends migrate north. The Lydia M. Olson Library offers a database all about birds. This joint publication by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the American Ornithologists’ Union has detailed information about the hundreds of species that nest in the United States as well as Canada called Birds of North America Online.

Whether you have to write a paper on the hibernation behavior of the black-capped chickadee, or are a amateur ornithologist, Birds of North America Online is a treasure of information. As shown by the pink arrow, you can search birds by species. They are sorted by common name and scientific names. The green arrow directs you to the search bar where you can find exactly what you’re looking for with a few taps of a keyboard.

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For each bird, there is an information page just like the one below. You can learn diffrent things about each bird by clicking on each tab that’s inside the pink rectangle. They will lead you to things such as food habits, sounds, behavior and so on so forth. To the left of the blue star, you can access articles about the particular bird types. In the Multimedia tab, you can access photos, videos, sounds and more! As for the reference tab, it gives you a bibliography of all of the sources on Blue Jays, which would work wonders for a research paper.

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The nice thing about Birds of North America Online a is that it provides a total review on what is known about that species, all in one spot, compiled from an analysis of peer reviewed, scholarly literature.  Each report is revised regularly, and the last revision is always listed on the top of each page.

Whether you are a birder, a researcher, or simply a student writing on a bird species, Birds of North America Online is a great starting point.

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