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Photo by Bill Thompson, III

Christmas Bird Counting

A long-standing program sponsored by the National Audubon Society, the Christmas Bird Count takes place each winter from December 14 to January 5 in designated 15-mile (24-km) circles across North America. Each circle count is conducted in one day. Thousands of bird watchers participate in this annual bird census, contributing data that is invaluable to assessing North American bird populations and guiding conservation action.
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American goldfinches flock at backyard thistle feeders. Photo by Randall Sholten.

Answers to Common Backyard Questions

We receive a lot of bird questions here at Bird Watcher's Digest. Since the earliest days of our magazine, we've taken seriously our responsibility as a source of accurate, reliable information about birds, so we've tried to answer each question as fully and clearly as possible. Some visitors have been taking advantage of the discussion features on our website and on Facebook to ask a variety of interesting questions or to chime in to address queries posted by other bird watchers. We've grabbed a few recent Q&As to feature here.
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Rufous-bellied thrush
, national bird of Brazil. 
Photo by C.J. Sharp,
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Can You Identify These National Birds?

The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro have focused a lot of attention on the amazing diversity of regions and cultures that make up our world. We've all seen the flags that represent each nation, but did you know that many countries also have a national bird, like the U.S.A.'s bald eagle? For instance, the national bird of Brazil is the sabiá-laranjeira, or the rufous-bellied thrush. Here are seven national birds from countries around the world—how many can you name?
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