The Backyard Birdsong Guide Western North America


The Backyard Birdsong Guide Western North America is the birdsong guide for those who live in the western US.  This is fun for the whole family. Eastern and Western editions are both available, now.


 The Backyard Birdsong Guide Western North America is from renowned, award-winning Ornithologist and Author, Donald Kroodsma.

What a fun tool for teaching young and old alike that all birds do not sound alike! was introduced in 2008 selling more than 300,000 units, still the only electronic print/audio field guide in the market.

Also available is The Backyard Birdsong Eastern and Central North America.


With more than 300,000 copies already sold, The Backyard Birdsong Guide Western North America is back by popular demand. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is proud to re-release this widely acclaimed bird audio field guide series, from award-winning ornithologist and author Donald Kroodsma.

Learning to recognize the voices of backyard birds is as easy as pushing a button, thanks to two new books that can literally carry a tune. The Backyard Birdsong Western and Eastern guides showcase common birds of eastern and western North America using built-in players loaded with birdsong recordings from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Macaulay Library.

Both guides include sounds for 75 species accompanied by scientifically accurate illustrations and range maps. Written by Donald Kroodsma, a visiting fellow at the Lab who has nursed a smoldering passion for birdsong for more than four decades.

Identifying birdsong is a skill like any other, author Don Kroodsma says—a skill that requires practice. “I described this in the introduction to the Backyard Birdsong book,” he says. “When I hear birds singing I see their songs dancing across the sky in these frequency-time graphs called sonograms—like musical scores for bird song.”

Suitable for beginning bird watchers, Backyard Birdsongs is an interactive handbook of birds and their songs. With a touch-button electronic module that contains common vocalizations of seventy-five species from across eastern and central North America, this volume offers a truly sensory way to identify and get to know local birds. Crisply detailed, scientifically accurate illustrations accompany each entry, and up-to-date range maps provide clear geographical reference points. With an introduction that will inspire readers to look out their windows and venture into the field, this unique book gives people of all ages an exciting entryway into the subtle art of using birdsong to identify birds.

This second edition includes a much-requested new Sound Track Index (to help make watching and listening to birds easier), and access to a free download of the Cornell Lab’s own MERLIN® Bird ID App (in iTunes and Android stores). As with all Cornell Lab Publishing Group books, a portion of the net proceeds from the sale of Backyard Birdsongs supports projects at the Cornell Lab, including children’s educational and community programs.

An Audubon Shop favorite, and we’re thrilled that its back in print. What a fun tool for teaching young and old alike that all birds do not sound alike!

  • Comes ready to use, with 3 AAA batteries (replaceable)
  • Really fun for kids, but a great tool for adults, too
  • There are Calls and Songs alike for each bird, when appropriate


Additional information

Weight .60 lbs
Dimensions 7.25 × 8.25 × .5 in