National Bird Day | January 5
(Last Updated On: January 3, 2023)


Nature lovers, bird lovers, and bird watchers across the country annually recognize National Bird Day on January 5th. It’s also one of several designated holidays celebrating birds. 


Born Free USA emphasizes the importance of National Bird Day and lists it as a day to shine a spotlight on issues critical to the protection and survival of birds, both captive and wild.

According to Born Free USA, nearly 12 percent of the world’s almost 10,000 bird species are in danger of extinction.

Join over half a million avian admirers celebrating National Bird Day through a bevy of activities.

  • bird-watching
  • studying birds
  • educating others
  • other bird-related activities
  • A particularly important National Bird Day activity is bird adoption. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper article, many bird enthusiasts celebrate by adopting birds on this day. They also educate future bird owners about the special issues involved with taking care of birds, including the “proper care, cleanup, noise and biting, feeding, diet and their need for daily interaction.”

There are approximately 10,000 species of birds.


There are several ways to celebrate this day.

  • Pick up a bird identification book. It will help you learn about species in your area and identify those frequenting your bird feeders.
  • Enhance the attraction of your backyard. Add feeders, shelter, and more. Learn what birds in your area like to eat and watch them flock to your sanctuary.
  • Donate to a bird sanctuary or aviary dedicated to improving the survival of endangered birds.
  • While you’re learning about all the fantastic species, visit an aviary. Also, a botanical garden, zoo, or conservation area may offer close-up viewing of some of the more exotic species you’ve never seen before.

Whichever way you choose, be sure to invite someone to join you so you can share the experience. Also, as always, use #NationalBirdDay to post on social media.

Educators and families can also visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for more ways to celebrate this day. 


In 2002, Born Free USA, in coordination with the Avian Welfare Coalition, launched the first annual National Bird Day to promote avian awareness. 

Bird FAQ

Q. Can anyone participate in National Bird Day?
A. Yes. You don’t need many supplies to start bird watching. A set of binoculars, a notebook, and a bird identification book are really all you need.

Q. Does it matter where I go to bird watch?
A. No. Birds live in many different habitats. Start watching from your home, whether in the city or the country. Take walks, visit state and national parks, local trails, and more.

Q. Are there other bird days on the calendar?
A. Yes! Check these fun days out:

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