All About Birds

  • Photo: A red bird with black wings on a branch

    Backyard Birding

    Interested in birding? Visit the new Backyard Birding site for bird facts, identification, audio, photos, and more!

  • Illustration: Great horned owl

    What's That Bird?

    Identify your backyard visitors in a flash! Just answer four simple questions to search our database of 150 backyard birds common to Canada and the U.S.

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    Watch a National Geographic Illustrator at Work

    See harlequin ducks come alive on paper in this time-lapse video featuring National Geographic bird expert and illustrator Jonathan Alderfer.

  • Wildlife rehablitator Shannon Griffin (L) and volunteer Heather Bryant (R) clean oil off a brown pelican at a rescue center at a facility set up by the International Bird Rescue Research Center in Fort Jackson, Louisiana June 7, 2010. Two hundred and ninety two birds have been brought to the center over a six week period. Eighty-six have been brought in on Sunday. One hundred and ninety six were Brown Pelicans. These birds are being rescued and transported to the Fort Jackson Rehabilitation Center by well-trained and knowledgeable wildlife responders, veterinarians, biologists and wildlife rehabilitators. BP's out-of-control Gulf of Mexico oil spill could threaten the Mississippi and Alabama coasts this week, U.S. forecasters said, as public anger surged over the nation's worst environmental disaster. REUTERS/Sean Gardner (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS)

    Oiled Gulf Birds Better Off Dead?

    Conservationists should "kill, not clean" oil-coated birds, some say. And even critics agree rehabbed birds face stormy skies.

Birds A-Z

From the Magazine

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    Gannets Pictures

    Champion divers but clumsy landers, doting parents but hostile neighbors—northern gannets abound in contradictions.

  2. Photo: Silent Ural owl

    Estonia's Ural Owls

    Photographer Sven Začek provides an intimate view of this large raptor.