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I want to find out about a bird

Have you ever seen a bird in your yard, and wanted to know everywhere that it lives? Seen a photo from a friend, and wanted to know where you could go to see that bird? Been curious about every single time that someone has reported a Semipalmated Sandpiper to eBird? If you are wondering about how to find a specific species of bird, then you're in the right place. With more than 260 million bird observations—odds are that eBird can give you a good idea about your bird. 

If you're more curious about all of the birds that have been seen at a location, then you'll want to see this article

Species Map

The Species Map is the starting point for almost all information about a single species of bird. This tool lets you search for any species, subspecies, hybrid, or other recognized form (e.g., duck sp.) in eBird. It will then display every sighting of that bird on the map, showing them as individually marked points if you're zoomed in, or as purple squares that represent the frequency that eBirders report the bird in that square. The darker the purple color, the higher the percentage of checklists from that area that have reported that species.

Viewing these purple-shaded maps on a large scale can give you a really good idea of the range of a species, as well as what areas it is most often seen—as shown here for Peregrine Falcon. The gray-shaded areas of the map are locations where someone has reported birds to eBird, but the species hasn't been seen on any of those lists. A couple regions have low amounts of data as compared to some others—with the Saharan Desert and much of Russia providing good examples. If you have sightings from there, we'd love to have them included in eBird!

Zooming in further, you can see the individual markers on the map, showing sightings for the Peregrine Falcons in southwestern Europe—across Spain, France, Italy, and adjacent countries. Red markers are sightings within the past 30 days, blue markers before that. Clicking on any marker will give you a list of all the times that species has been reported at that location, plus links to the full checklists of birds included in each of those reports. Warning: exploring these maps can get quite addicting!

You can also filter on the right side for only checklists with Rich Media—giving you markers with sightings that have photos, video, or audio recordings, a great way to learn more about a bird species. To add your own media to checklists, check out this article
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