An Index to Our Updated Species Accounts

By Hugh Powell
Indigo Bunting by Norm Townsend via Birdshare
Indigo 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 623 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 380, and we’ll update this post as we grow. Read on for the full list, organized alphabetically:
Abert’s Towhee
Acorn Woodpecker
Allen’s Hummingbird
American Avocet
American Bittern
American Black Duck
American Coot
American Crow
American Goldfinch
American Kestrel
American Redstart
American Robin
American Tree Sparrow
American White Pelican
American Wigeon
American Woodcock
Anna’s Hummingbird
Aplomado Falcon
Arctic Tern
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Atlantic Puffin
Bachman’s Sparrow
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 Cuckoo
Black-billed Magpie
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Black-chinned Sparrow
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-headed Grosbeak
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Black Phoebe
Black Rosy-Finch
Black Swift
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Black-throated Sparrow
Black Vulture
Blackpoll Warbler
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Blue Grosbeak
Blue Jay
Blue-winged Teal
Blue-winged Warbler
Boat-tailed Grackle
Bohemian Waxwing
>Boreal Owl
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 Gnatcatcher
California Gull
California Quail
California Scrub-Jay
California Towhee
Calliope Hummingbird
Canada Goose
Canada Warbler
Canyon Towhee
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Cassia Crossbill
Cassin’s Finch
Cattle Egret
Cave Swallow
Cedar Waxwing
Cerulean Warbler
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Chimney Swift
Chipping Sparrow
Clark’s Nutcracker
Clay-colored Sparrow
Cliff Swallow
Common Gallinule
Common Goldeneye
Common Grackle
Common Ground-Dove
Common Loon
Common Merganser
Common Nighthawk
Common Raven
Common Redpoll
Common Tern
Common Yellowthroat
Cooper’s Hawk
Costa’s Hummingbird
Crested Caracara
Dark-eyed Junco
Double-crested Cormorant
Downy Woodpecker
Eared Grebe
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
Florida Scrub-Jay
Fox Sparrow
Gambel’s Quail
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Golden Eagle
Golden-winged Warbler
Grasshopper Sparrow
Gray Catbird
Gray Hawk
Gray Jay
Gray Partridge
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
Greater Scaup
Greater White-fronted Goose
Greater Yellowlegs
Green Heron
Green-tailed Towhee
Green-winged Teal
Gunnison Sage-Grouse
Hairy Woodpecker
Harris’s Hawk
Harris’s Sparrow
Hermit Thrush
Herring Gull
Hooded Merganser
Hooded Oriole
Hooded Warbler
Horned Lark
House Finch
House Sparrow
House Wren
Iceland Gull
Inca Dove
Indigo Bunting
Ivory-billed Woodpecker
Juniper Titmouse
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Lark Bunting
Lark Sparrow
Laughing Gull
Laysan Albatross
Lazuli Bunting
Least Bittern
Least Flycatcher
Least Sandpiper
Lesser Goldfinch
Lesser Nighthawk
Lesser Scaup
Lewis’s Woodpecker
Little Blue Heron
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Loggerhead Shrike
Long-billed Curlew
Long-eared Owl
Long-tailed Jaeger
Magnificent Frigatebird
Lucifer Hummingbird
Magnolia Warbler
Marbled Godwit
Marsh Wren
Mississippi Kite
Monk Parakeet
Mottled Duck
Mountain Bluebird
Mountain Chickadee
Mourning Dove
Muscovy Duck
Mute Swan
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet
Northern Bobwhite
Northern Cardinal
Northern Flicker
Northern Goshawk
Northern Harrier
Northern Hawk Owl
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Parula
Northern Pintail
Northern Pygmy-Owl
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Northern Shoveler
Nuttall’s Woodpecker
Oak Titmouse
Olive Sparrow
Olive Warbler
Orchard Oriole
Orange-crowned Warbler
Pacific Wren
Painted Bunting
Palm Warbler
Parasitic Jaeger
Peregrine Falcon
Pied-billed Grebe
Pileated Woodpecker
Pine Grosbeak
Pine Siskin
Pine Warbler
Pinyon Jay
Piping Plover
Pomarine Jaeger
Prairie Falcon
Prothonotary Warbler
Purple Finch
Purple Gallinule
Purple Martin
Pygmy Nuthatch
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-cockaded Woodpecker
Red-eyed Vireo
Red-naped Sapsucker
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-winged Blackbird
Ridgway’s Rail
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-necked Duck
Ring-necked Pheasant
Rock Pigeon
Roseate Spoonbill
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
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Sandhill Crane
Savannah Sparrow
Say’s Phoebe
Scarlet Tanager
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Short-eared Owl
Snow Bunting
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
Swamp Sparrow
Swallow-tailed Kite
Townsend’s Solitaire
Tree Swallow
Tricolored Blackbird
Tricolored Heron
Trumpeter Swan
Tufted Titmouse
Tundra Swan
Turkey Vulture
Varied Thrush
Vesper Sparrow
Virginia Rail
Virginia’s Warbler
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-eyed Vireo
White-tailed Kite
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 Stork
Wood Thrush
Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Yellow-breasted Chat
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-eyed Junco
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Yellow-throated Vireo
Yellow-throated Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

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