Birding By Ear

A Beginner’s Guide to Common Bird Sounds and What They Mean

— Part two of our new series to help you build your birding skills—and love of birds—by learning how to bird by ear.

Are You Listening to a Bird Mimic or the Real Deal?

— Part six of our new series to help you build your birding skills—and love of birds—by learning how to bird by ear.
The Yellow Warbler has a sweet, sweet, sweet song and sweet, honey-colored plumage. Tom Stephenson

How to Memorize Bird Songs by Using Mental Images

— Part three of our new series to help you build your birding skills—and love of birds—by learning how to bird by ear.
Chances are you're always using your ears while birding. But if you make it more intentional, you'll see the feathered world in a whole new light. Camilla Cerea/Audubon

How to Start Identifying Birds by Their Songs and Calls

— Part one in our new series to help you build your birding skills—and love of birds—by learning how to bird by ear.

Learn Your Local Birds’ Regional “Accents”

— Part seven of our new series to help you build your birding skills—and love of birds—by learning how to bird by ear.

Listen—Birds Aren’t the Only Ones Singing

— Part eight of our new series to help you build your birding skills—and love of birds—by learning how to bird by ear.
Is that a Red-breasted Nuthatch nagging at you in the woods? Take a closer look at the bird's spectrogram signature, and you'll know for sure. Megumi Aita/Audubon Photography Awards

Start Using Spectrograms to 'Read' Bird Songs and Calls

— Part five of our new series to help you build your birding skills—and love of birds—by learning how to bird by ear.

Why Knowing Your Local Bird Sounds Is the Key to Unlocking New IDs

— Part four of our new series to help you build your birding skills—and love of birds—by learning how to bird by ear.