Birds of New York City

Great egret fishing in Central Park

Great egret fishing in Central Park.

Peter Ersts

Because of New York City's position along the Atlantic "flyway," a major avian migration route, and its variety of habitat types, the metropolitan area is rich in bird diversity. Our city's parks, coastal areas, community gardens, and even cemeteries provide important resting areas for migrating birds, and many species can be seen all year round. Certain raptors thrive in cities, and here in New York, peregrines are nesting and raising offspring high atop skyscrapers (and on the girders of the George Washington Bridge), feeding primarily off of the wealth of pigeons that nest on the updrafts between buildings.

Within the cityscape of New York, birdwatching is a great activity for kids. Central Park has been a reckoning point for city kids' growing awareness of the diverse world around them for many years, as children and adults alike revel in the comings and goings of the Park's resident and migrant birds. To learn more about the Park's birds and what to look for, see the Kids' Guide to the Birds of Central Park. For more about birds and biodiversity, read the following interview with CBC scientist Dr. Chris Filardi.