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The birds of North America are among the world's most colourful birds, from the multi-coloured warblers, eye-catching buntings, fetching waders and so many others.
Almost all these birds were captured by our cameras, as they hopped from branch to branch, waded through reeds along shorelines or skulked through the tall grasses in the meadows, swam on lakes on rivers, soared high above in the blue skies and rode wind currents or perched on a lone branch.
With a few noted exceptions, extinct species were photographed in museums and archives, some are from care centres and some exotics in captivity. All other birds were found in their natural habitat, mostly from North America, but many are from other countries in the world.
All birds are listed alphabetically by bird families, including warblers, thrushes, waterfowls, waders, owls, eagles, hawks to name a few. I hope you will take the time to search through the CCNAB website, please enjoy.
Widest Wing Span: American Pelican and the California Condor - 109" or 277cm
Shortest Wing Span: Lucifer Hummingbird - 4 in or 10cm
Biggest Bird: California Condor - 26 1/2 lbs or 12kg
Smallest Bird: Calliope Hummingbird - 1/10 oz or 2.7g
Tallest Bird: Whooping Crane - 52 in or 132.1cm
Shortest Bird: Calliope Hummingbird -3 1/4 in or 8.25cm
Fastest Bird: Peregrine Falcon - 70 mph flying, over 200 mph diving or 112 kmh flying, over 322 kmh diving
Slowest Bird: Ruffed Grouse - 22 mph or 35.5 kmh
Longest Migration: Arctic Tern - 12,000 mi (one direction) or 19,000km (one direction)
These are links to websites pertaining to the different birding institutions, societies and organizations here in North America. Some of these same sites are a great asset to seeking out knowledge on birds in other regions of the world. Each of these links offer the user different methods to identify birds, whether it be by regions, habitat, appearance or maybe colour. Knowledge on the possibilities of where and what birds might be present are included.
Avibase - the world bird database This site provides the user with a complete list of bird species, broken down per country, or in the example of the US or Canada, per state and province. Here, bird species names are available in other languages, a great asset to be used as a translation of foreign bird names.
ABA - American Birding Association This site represents an organization that maintains official records of all birds species that have been proven to have been seen inside the perimeters of the North American Continent and the surrounding bodies of water. Regular revised versions are posted to keep the bird list current at all times. This is the list used by all serious birders over their lifetime. You may be aware of the movie called the "Big Year". It was with this list that all the competing birders used in an attempt to set a new record as to how many bird species that could be seen by an individual birder in one calendar year.
The description to follow is taken from the AOS Home Page.
AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society is an international society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of birds, enriching ornithology as a profession, and promoting a rigorous scientific basis for the conservation of birds. As one of the world's oldest and largest ornithological societies, AOS produces scientific publications of the highest quality, hosts intellectually engaging and professionally vital meetings, serves ornithologists at every career stage, pursues a global perspective, and informs public policy on all issues important to ornithology and ornithological collections. AOS is distinguished by its tremendous collective expertise, including eminent scientists, conservation practitioners, early career innovators, and students.
eBird - TheCornellLab of OrnithologyeBird is a must for any individual, who has an interest in birds. This site allows users to sign up and participate in recording birds seen on a daily basis as well as the location, for any bird species seen in the world. In addition, users can use the existing data to search out the location of bird species throughout the year. By using filters, information as to the movements can be determined. Photos can be added to identify individual birds. Migration pattern can be calculated using information by months or years as needed. Range maps can be verified, allowing the users to see where the presence of individual bird species are expected to be at certain times of the year.
NA - National Geographic The Society of National Geographic provides some of the best books available for those who have an interest in birds. The book called "The Complete Birds of North America", is a book recommended to be part of any birders library. This book covers all the native and vagrant species of birds seen on the North American Continent. It provides information on all the birds listed on the ABA bird list. This book goes into great details, describing the individual species and their races. That aside, their website provides wonderful information pertaining to many articles regarding nature.
I hope you will take advantage of these suggested websites. I have used each of them, in one way or another, throughout the years in my quest to better identify
and understand our fine feathered friends.