Welcome Ladder-backed Woodpecker photo by Rick & Nora Bowers/BowersPhoto.com

Welcome

In two centuries of American ornithology, The Birds of North America (BNA) is only the fourth comprehensive reference covering the life histories of North America’s breeding birds. Following in the footsteps of Wilson, Audubon, and Bent, BNA provides a quantum leap in information beyond what those historic figures were able to assemble. The print version of BNA was completed in 2002 – 18 volumes, 18,000 pages -- a joint 10 year project of the American Ornithologists' Union, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the Academy of Natural Sciences. Now as an online project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, BNA is becoming a living resource. Account contents are updated frequently, with contributions from researchers, citizen scientists, and designated reviewers and editors. In addition, BNA Online contains image and video galleries showing plumages, behaviors, habitat, nests and eggs, and more. And most online BNA accounts now feature recordings of the songs and calls of their species, recordings selected from the extensive collection of Cornell's Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds. Future work will enhance BNA’s audio and video contributions, speed revisions via efforts coordinated online, and provide a significant boost to the number of photos available to subscribers. Stay tuned!

What's New in BNA

Update - Now Featuring eBird data-- Over the next year, BNA will be sequentially introducing eBird data to the 'Distribution' pages.  See an example here: American Robin.

New Fully Revised Species Maps--
Over the next year, BNA will be sequentially introducing entirely updated species distribution maps. These maps feature up-to-date distribution information and an revised color scheme.  See an example here: Northern Mockingbird.

Update (December) New Fully Revised Species Accounts--
Double-crested Cormorant has been revised by Brian Dorr. This account's photo, video and audio galleries were updated. Also this month, House Wren was revised by L. Scott Johnson. This account's photo, video and audio galleries were updated. The account for Pine Siskin was revised by BNA staff with input from Peter Lowther, and features updates to the photo, audio, and video galleries.

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Update (November) New Fully Revised Species Accounts-- Cedar Waxwing has been revised by Mark Witmer. This account's photo, video and audio galleries were updated. Also this month, Lesser Scaup was revised by Michael Anteau, Jean-Michel DeVink, and David Koons. This account's photo, video and audio galleries were updated. The account for Brown Thrasher was revised by BNA staff, and features updates to the photo, audio, and video galleries have all been updated. Northern Pintail has been revised by David Haukos, Joseph Fleskes, Karla Guyn, and Robert Clark. This account's photo, audio, and video galleries have all been updated.

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