An Index to Our Updated Species Accounts

By Hugh Powell
February 14, 2012
Indigo Bunting by Norm Townsend via BirdshareIndigo Bunting by Norm Townsend via Birdshare.

We’re steadily working to improve the offerings in our All About Birds online species guide. It’s our goal to eventually feature detailed ID information, photos, natural history, cool facts, sound recordings, and videos for all 700+ birds that live in North America. Right now we have basic information for some 603 species, and we’re continually expanding what we offer, species by species, starting with some of the most common and familiar birds.

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As we work, you can refer to this page for an updated list of which species have updated accounts. The number now stands at 280, and we’ll update this post as we grow. Read on for the full list, organized alphabetically:
Acorn Woodpecker
Allen’s Hummingbird
American Bittern
American Black Duck
American Coot
American Crow
American Goldfinch
American Kestrel
American Redstart
American Robin
American Tree Sparrow
American White Pelican
American Woodcock
Anna’s Hummingbird
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Bald Eagle
Baltimore Oriole
Band-tailed Pigeon
Barn Owl
Barn Swallow
Barred Owl
Bell’s Sparrow
Belted Kingfisher
Bewick’s Wren
Black-and-white Warbler
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Black-billed Magpie
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-headed Grosbeak
Black Phoebe
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
Black Vulture
Blackpoll Warbler
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Blue Grosbeak
Blue Jay
Blue-winged Teal
Boat-tailed Grackle
Brewer’s Blackbird
Brewer’s Sparrow
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Broad-winged Hawk
Brown Creeper
Brown Pelican
Brown Thrasher
Brown-headed Cowbird
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Bullock’s Oriole
Burrowing Owl
Cactus Wren
California Condor
California Gull
California Quail
California Scrub-Jay
California Towhee
Calliope Hummingbird
Canada Goose
Canyon Towhee
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Cassin’s Finch
Cattle Egret
Cedar Waxwing
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Chimney Swift
Chipping Sparrow
Clark’s Nutcracker
Clay-colored Sparrow
Cliff Swallow
Common Goldeneye
Common Grackle
Common Ground-Dove
Common Loon
Common Merganser
Common Nighthawk
Common Raven
Common Redpoll
Common Yellowthroat
Cooper’s Hawk
Costa’s Hummingbird
Dark-eyed Junco
Double-crested Cormorant
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Screech-Owl
Eastern Towhee
Eastern Whip-poor-will
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Elegant Trogon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
European Starling
Evening Grosbeak
Ferruginous Hawk
Field Sparrow
Fish Crow
Fox Sparrow
Gambel’s Quail
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Golden Eagle
Golden-winged Warbler
Gray Catbird
Gray Hawk
Gray Jay
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Blue Heron
Great Crested Flycatcher
Great Egret
Great Gray Owl
Great Horned Owl
Great Kiskadee
Great-tailed Grackle
Greater Roadrunner
Greater Sage-Grouse
Green Heron
Green-tailed Towhee
Green-winged Teal
Gunnison Sage-Grouse
Hairy Woodpecker
Harris’s Sparrow
Hermit Thrush
Herring Gull
Hooded Merganser
Hooded Oriole
Horned Lark
House Finch
House Sparrow
House Wren
Iceland Gull
Inca Dove
Indigo Bunting
Juniper Titmouse
Laughing Gull
Laysan Albatross
Lazuli Bunting
Least Flycatcher
Least Sandpiper
Little Blue Heron
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Loggerhead Shrike
Long-eared Owl
Lucifer Hummingbird
Mississippi Kite
Monk Parakeet
Mountain Bluebird
Mountain Chickadee
Mourning Dove
Muscovy Duck
Mute Swan
Northern Bobwhite
Northern Cardinal
Northern Flicker
Northern Goshawk
Northern Harrier
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Pygmy-Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Nuttall’s Woodpecker
Oak Titmouse
Orchard Oriole
Orange-crowned Warbler
Pacific Wren
Painted Bunting
Palm Warbler
Peregrine Falcon
Pied-billed Grebe
Pileated Woodpecker
Pine Grosbeak
Pine Siskin
Pine Warbler
Piping Plover
Prairie Falcon
Prothonotary Warbler
Purple Finch
Purple Martin
Pygmy Nuthatch
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-cockaded Woodpecker
Red-eyed Vireo
Red-naped Sapsucker
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-winged Blackbird
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-necked Duck
Ring-necked Pheasant
Rock Pigeon
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Rough-legged Hawk
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruddy Duck
Ruddy Turnstone
Ruffed Grouse
Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Rufous Hummingbird
Rusty Blackbird
Sagebrush Sparrow
Sage Thrasher
Sandhill Crane
Savannah Sparrow
Say’s Phoebe
Scarlet Tanager
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Short-eared Owl
Snow Goose
Snowy Egret
Snowy Owl
Song Sparrow
Spotted Owl
Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Towhee
Steller’s Jay
Summer Tanager
Swainson’s Hawk
Swainson’s Thrush
Swallow-tailed Kite
Townsend’s Solitaire
Tree Swallow
Trumpeter Swan
Tufted Titmouse
Tundra Swan
Turkey Vulture
Varied Thrush
Violet-green Swallow
Warbling Vireo
Western Bluebird
Western Kingbird
Western Meadowlark
Western Screech-Owl
Western Tanager
Western Wood-Pewee
White Ibis
White-breasted Nuthatch
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-winged Dove
Whooping Crane
Wild Turkey
Willow Flycatcher
Wilson’s Phalarope
Wilson’s Snipe
Wilson’s Warbler
Winter Wren
Wood Duck
Wood Thrush
Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Yellow-breasted Chat
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler



  • LeAnn Hall

    Today I heard a bird song I had never heard before here in NW Ohio. The bird was high in a tree top and and gray/brown. I couldn’t see it well. The song was a minor third – A down to F# and back up to A again.
    The sounds were long, short, and back up to a longer sound. It was probably a migrating bird since it was a new song.

  • Davin Henrikson

    I came to this site seeking answer to exactly same question as LeAnn, but I am in Seattle area. Bird has sung for last week and a half, from dawn to mid-morning, just as described by LeAnn. Have not seen it through dense branches. What could it be?

  • Jeanne M. Wallace

    The ones I miss seeing are the Hummingbirds and yes many more but not enough room to write all down, but that is not all that I miss seeing, I would love to see so many more, but here in Montana we just do not get to see all. I will await your E-mail again, thank you for what you have sent and the information. Jeanne Wallace

  • Jean Findley

    I wonder if LeAnn and Davin were hearing a whip-poor-will? I hardly ever see the bird, but I hear them from time to time here in SW Ohio.

  • Theresa MacKillop

    I keep hearing a birdcall that I cannot identify. Never have I seen the bird itself, only heard it, and I cannot for the life of me figure out what species it is. The call is a long, drawn-out two-note call that sounds almost exactly like “twee-twee”, first note high, second note low, repeated over and over with no variation or deviation. Anyone have an idea what kind of bird this call might belong to?

  • Hugh

    Hi Theresa, This sounds a lot like a chickadee’s song—particularly Black-capped Chickadee if you live in its range. You can listen to the song and check the range map at our All About Birds site: Hope this helps! – Hugh

  • jen

    Hi, We live in Plymouth MA. I’ve never heard this before in other parts of MA. I can’t see the bird but it’s a LOUD sound almost like a loud purr from chewbacka. It reminds us of a dinosaur noise too but we can’t figure out what it is. Seems more active in the morning and evening. Please email me if you have any ideas Thanks

  • John-Edd Brown

    I live in southwestern oklahoma and heard a bird at sunrise that was traveling, called about 5 times in 2 minutes, and had a lonesome call starting high and wavering to a lower tone over about 2 seconds. Any suggestions where to start?

  • Barb Roche

    Live in Cincinnati, OH. Saw a bird at local park with a black head, white chest, rust color on shoulders. Saw 2 white stripes in tail running up and down. Has a one note call. Was foraging on the ground of a woodsy area and about the size of a cowbird, maybe a little larger. Very slick looking. Saw him 2 days in a row and have heard him for 3. Can’t find a picture. Any ideas? THANKYOU

  • Becky

    There’s a bird I hear in the beginning of late spring here in VT. All I can describe its call as is what I call it – A “Twirly-Whirl” sound. I look forward every late spring to hear it and I heard it for the first time on 5/17 – early in the morning. I would love to find out what type of bird makes this beautiful sound. Any help would be appreciated!! Thank you

  • Hugh

    Hi Becky – it depends on where you live, but it sure sounds like a thrush, maybe a Swainson’s Thrush or Veery. Good luck – Hugh

  • Jill

    I’m in Peru, NY just south of Plattsburgh and I’ve identified a veery nearby. Its call is a metallic sounding downward spiral-very unique. I have yet to see it, but the call is amazing.

  • Becky

    Thank you! I appreciate your help!

  • Charlie Spencer

    I was in Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo, NC and heard:


    It was a single sequence of notes, repeated every 45 – 60 seconds. It was somewhat raspy or metallic, like using a file on a metal surface.

    The gardens on large coastal island, with a mix of tall pines and hardwoods. The call came from very high in the canopy.

    I think the bird was about the size of a large sparrow or warbler. The only marking I could distinguish was a rusty or rufous breast, although the early morning light made even that difficult to distinguish from directly below. It was very active, hopping and making short flights between branches; blasted inconsiderate of the little bugger.

    Thanks for any assistance.

  • I live in the metro Atlanta area, and a few weeks ago heard a bird I have only heard that one time. It went
    cluck, cluck, cluck, pseeeeoo
    It would do that several times, then just the pseeeeoo several times, then go back to the first pattern.