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An average of twenty different bird calls and songs can be heard at each Birds of Brooklyn host location.

The selection of bird sounds was chosen to highlight birds that are not commonly heard on the streets or shores of Brooklyn, but may have been at one time.

Although some of the birds are common outside of the City or in parks, many are threatened or have been extirpated from the Brooklyn area due to urban development, pesticides, airport management practices, climate change, as well as shrinking grasslands, marshlands, green space, and forests. Two of the birds are extinct!

Below is the current list of birds you may hear at Birds of Brooklyn host sites.

  • American Kestrel

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  • Ring-necked Pheasant

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  • Northern Bobwhite

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  • Piping Plover

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  • Upland Sandpiper

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  • Eastern Screech Owl

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  • Short-eared Owl

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  • Savannah Sparrow

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  • Grasshopper Sparrow

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  • Eastern Meadowlark

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  • Northern Harrier

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  • Peregrine Falcon

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  • Loggerhead Shrike

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  • Eskimo Curlew

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  • Eastern Bluebird

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  • Golden Eagle

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  • Heath Hen

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  • Seaside Sparrow

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  • Scarlet Tanager

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  • American Bittern

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  • American Wigeon

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( Audio recordings courtesy of Macaulay Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York )