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What is "Birds of North America - Online"?

Birds of North America-Online is a subscription resource that Hiram College Library provides freely to individuals on campus and is the product of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. BNA Online provides comprehensive life histories for each of the 716+ species of birds breeding in the USA (including Hawaii) and Canada. It is an Audio Visual resource as well providing both still images, videos, and sound files on most of the birds in the database. 

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Birds of North America. Provides comprehensive life histories for each of the 700+ species of birds breeding in the US (including Hawaii) and Canada.

No Off Campus Access

Birds of North America Entry in the A to Z Database

Remember: This resource is currently not available off campus. 

Lists of birds can be found by searching, or browsing through the list either alphabetically, by scientific name,  or taxonomically.

BirdsAlpha                      BirdsTaxon  

Individual Bird Entries will have an display similar to the one below. Generally pictures, bird song, and videos will be found in the Multimedia tab.



The Birds of North America-Online is a great resource for casual interest as well as Biology, Environmental Studies, and Ecology interests. Consider the screen below in which the full breadth of Bald Eagle information in the database can be seen:



BNA-Online uses streaming Quicktime files to deliver audio and video. To listen to audio or to view the videos you will need to have the free, Quicktime plug-in installed for your browser. They require QuickTime 7.0 or higher. Here is a link to download Quicktime.

download Quicktime

Many videos do not have sound associated with them. You may need to quit and restart your browser after installing the player prior to using it to play audio or video on thier site for the first time.

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