California Birding Resources

California is a great place for wild birds. 600 bird species (about 2/3rds of the birds found in North America) inhabit, migrate, or visit here.


The Nifty Fifty

The Nifty Fifty is a mini-guide to the birds of California. It includes descriptions, images, video and songs of 50 of the most often observed birds of California. View the guide by clicking here or on the Nifty Fifty link on the left.

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Some birds prefer to stay near the ground, while others are almost always seen high in a tree. Look for the following notations in the species descriptions to determine where the species is most likely to be seen. If a note is not present, the bird does not have a strong affinity for a particular region.

  • Look high.
  • Look mid-story.
  • Look low.

State Information

California Birds Record Committee
California Bird List

Recent Bird Sightings

(707) 822-5666 Northwest/Arcata
(323) 874-1318 Los Angeles
(831) 626-6605 Monterey
(805) 528-7182 Morro Bay
(415) 681-7422 Northern California
(949) 487-6869 Orange County
(916) 783-2331 Sacramento
(909) 793-5599 Southeastern
(619) 688-2473 San Diego
(805) 964-8240 Santa Barbara
Southern (818) 952-5502


Birding Locations

Central Coast Birding Trail

Klamath Basin

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge



California Quail

California State Bird - California Quail


California Birding Events

San Diego Bird Festival
Usually in March
Marina Village at Mission Bay Park, San Diego, California
Phone: 619-682-7200
Discover the diverse avian habitats of southern California, from desert to mountain to seashore. Register for fieldtrips and classes suited for the beginner birder as well as the advanced. Free activities for family and children also. Possible 244 species, including Manx Shearwater, Brown Boobies, White-headed woodpecker, CA Gnatcatcher and CA Thrasher. Pelagic trips plus trips to desert, mountains, coast, chaparral, Salton Sea and Baja Mexico.


Kern River Valley Birding & Bioregions Festival

Usually in April
Kernville, Weldon - California
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The Kern Valley Bioregions Festival is a celebration of our natural and recreational diversity at the height of spring abundance. Within our intimate wild mix of habitat types and bioregions (distinct major regions of life) may be found plants and animals of the Central Valley, Chaparral, Great Basin, Mojave Desert, and Sierra Nevada. This grand mix is unparalleled anywhere else in the United States and Canada. Arts & Music ¥ Astronomy ¥ Birds & Birding ¥ Butterflies ¥ Children's Activities ¥ Education


Other resources and locations

If you have suggestions for additional birding resources in California, from web sites to your favorite birding location, submit your information using the following form. You can cut and paste large amounts if text into the information field. Birding locations are the most desired, but any good resource on California birds is welcomed.

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