Birding in Bermuda

Nearly 400 species of birds have been recorded in Bermuda; a remarkable number for a country of only 21 square miles. This is due to the island’s isolated location in the North Atlantic, attracting birds from all directions. As well as deliberate migrants taking a break on their way south or north, vagrant birds can arrive as spring over-shoots or be blown down from the north in winter storms. There are even strays from the eastern side of the Atlantic. It is in the fall that most birds are observed as a result of weather systems moving off the east coast of North America. Over 200 species are recorded on average each year.

BirdwatchingHowever, there are only 17 permanent resident breeding species, of which only eight are native or endemic, and two occasional breeders. Three seabird species visit Bermuda to breed including our national bird, the endemic Bermuda Petrel (Cahow), and the iconic White-tailed Tropicbird (Longtail).

When you are birding in Bermuda, please enter your records into eBird.

International birding associations:

American Birding Association

American Bird Conservancy

BirdsCaribbean (formerly Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds)

BirdLife International

Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology

National Audubon Society

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

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Photos courtesy of Andrew Dobson, Paul Watson, Chris Burville, Ras Mykkal, Jennifer Gray, Rosalind Wingate, Rick Slaughter and others.

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Telephone: (441) 238-8628



The Bermuda Audubon Society
P.O. Box HM 1328
Hamilton HM FX