Schechter Natural History
Bird Codes of the ABA and AOU
In the world of ornithology and bird watching, alpha codes are a shorthand for describing a specific bird. These codes are an abbreviation of a bird’s common(4 letters) or scientific(6 letters) name and are used in banding data, field notes, and other data collection projects.
Schechter Natural History’s Bird Codes is a simple tool to look up bird reporting codes for the ABA and AOU.*
*The American Ornithologists’ Union (AOU) includes birds recorded in North America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean region. Whereas the American Birding Association (ABA) only contains birds in North America.
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