how many species of bird in north america

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chartNorth America, with about 900 species of birds, is a continent entirely within the Northern Hemisphere and almost all within the Western Hemisphere. It can also be considered a northern subcontinent of the Americas. It is bordered to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the west and south by the Pacific Ocean, and to the southeast by South America and the Caribbean Sea.

The 2016 Birds of North America Redesign

In September 2016, Birds of North America launched a major site upgrade featuring tighter integration of s, sounds, and maps, plus better navigation. Highlights include:

  • Resizeable pages with a simple, responsive design that make them easy to read on any device
  • More rich photos, sounds, spectrograms, and video than ever before
  • Interactive eBird maps right on the page
  • Use the autofill search function to find the species you’re looking for more quickly.
  • Improved account navigation with direct connections to sectional subtopics

BNA: The State of Scientific Knowledge for North America’s Breeding Birds

What do you do when All About Birds doesn’t provide enough detail for you? How do you find references to pretty much everything ever published about a bird species? You turn to Birds of North America.

The BNA provides an overview of the scientific understanding of every bird species that regularly breeds in Canada and the United S. including Hawaii—some 760 species in all. Accounts are updated periodically and authored by acknowledged authorities in the field. Access to BNA requires a subscription.

Many institutions and libraries offer access to BNA, and members of the American Ornithologists’ Union enjoy access as part of their membership. Personal subscriptions (including a $5, one-month trial subscription) are affordable.

For more about Birds of North America, visit their home page (where you can view a selection of free sample accounts) or read their Frequently Asked Questions.

how many species of bird in north america


How many bird species are there?

In total there are about 10,000 species of birds described worldwide, though one estimate of the real number places it at almost twice that. Taxonomy is very fluid in the age of DNA analysis, so comments are made where appropriate, and all numbers are approximate.

Which bird is only found in the USA?

Endemic Birds of the United States
Binomial Scientific Name
Boat-Tailed Grackle
Quiscalus major
Salt-Marsh Sparrow
Ammodramus caudacutus
Yellow-Billed Magpie
Pica nuttalli
Bachman’s Sparrow
Peucaea aestivalis

What country has the most bird species?

Country / region
Bird species count

Which US state has the most bird species?

There are 10 states in the United States with more than 500 species of birds. California, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, Alaska, Florida, Washington, Colorado and Massachusetts all have over 500 species of birds. California has the most species of birds with 673 different kinds.