Forums & Mailing Lists

Forums, Mailing Groups & On-line Communities

There are lots of birding related discussion groups around the world. Mailing groups are, sadly few being overtaken by interest group pages that, sadly, tend to fight shy of controversy. Forums are also much less used now and people tend to use twitter feeds instead, sharing their opinions more and more with those of a similar persuasion as people block those they disagree with etc.

Personally I  feel rather deprived of the opportunity to take part in debates – which, I believe is the best way to learn and rejoice in diversity.

These changes mean that the lists below are dwindling, but you will find many more on county, state and country pages that, while open to outsiders, are there for the benefit of birders in those localities.

Love ’em or hate ’em there is always something going on and they are a great way of contacting birders local to you. Its just a shame that there are not more world-wide fora, mailing groups or other ways to exchange views with birders everywhere.

Geographical area groups are listed on their individual country or state pages [or in the UK county pages] etc. and bird family pages carry groups relevant to particular species or bird families.

In order to become part of the group you have to subscribe; the way you do this may differ with different groups. The addresses are sometimes listed. So the websites below are ones which relate either to interest areas not confined by species or geography, or that are for areas which do not have an individual page – like three US states together, or several EEC countries together.

This information is being updated as often as possible but, needless to say, Fatbirder would like to know of any additions, please to let me know. Bear in mind that although the mailing groups below exist some are almost totally inactive and only a few are still well used.

Forums & Mailing Lists
  • *Bird Forum

    Forum
    This deserves to be at the top of the list as the largest of the truly global birders forums
  • ArmchairBirderwatchers

    Mailing Group
    I am an archair birdwatcher who would like to meet other people who might be able help me identify and also admire the birds we watch come to our feeders and our backyards
  • AviMonde

    Mailing Group
    ...ornithologie sans frontières. Discusssion of birds, in French.
  • Backyard-Birder

    Mailing Group
    Backyard-Birder is a place for those who love watching birds whether it is at the feeder or in the yard.
  • Beauty of Birds

    Forum
  • Bird Book List

    Mailing Group
    A group for anyone interested in bird books. Please post reviews, previews, requests for information and any private sales.
  • Bird Photos

    Mailing Group
    If you have some good clear pictures of birds that are not copyrighted and are free to use - please upload them or attach them to an email to majorhart@sbcglobal.net - I will categorize them and upload them.
  • BirdLife’s Globally Threatened Birds

    Forum
    BirdLife's Globally Threatened Bird Forums
  • BirdPhotographers.net

    Forum
  • Birding

    Mailing Group
    This list has grown so that it no longer includes just discussion on birds, and bird watching, but the discussion of everything from birds, to pets, and other wild creatures out there in the world. All are welcome to join in our discussions, as we have all grown into a rather family like community.
  • Birds in Backyards

    Forum
    Australian birding forum
  • CR-Birding

    Mailing Group
    Colour Ring information
  • CaveNet

    Discussion Group
    CAVNET was established in 1995 to foster scientific discourse concerning cavity-nesting birds. This list has been created for researchers, academics, and others with a common interest in discussing the scientific aspects of cavity-nesting species. CAVNET's current membership is over 400, representing at least 33 countries (see right panel).
  • FWS-Shorebirds

    Mailing Group
    Discussion list of the Shorebirds Sister School Program. Postings from school groups about shorebirds.
  • Feathers and Photos

    Forum
    Hello and welcome to Feathers and Photos, a friendly and informative forum where birders and bird photographers alike, can share their love of Australian birds.
  • GardenWeb

    Forum
    Garden birding
  • HatchingTechniques

    Mailing Group
    incubation, and hatching questions& answers. Fertile eggs and related equipment for sale postings. is a Public Group with 265 members. incubation, and hatching questions& answers. Fertile eggs and related equipment for sale postings.
  • Laridae

    Mailing Group
    Laridae est une liste de diffusion ornithologique exclusivement consacrée aux Stercorariidae (Labbes), Laridae (Mouettes et Goélands) et Sternidae (Sternes et Guifettes), 3 groupes d'espèces très proches du point de vue de la systématique et présentant beaucoup de similitudes (aspect, comportement, alimentation, habitats, migration, etc.).
  • Ospreys Nest Forum

    Forum
    In Finnish
  • Pigeon-holes

    Mailing Group
    This is a nature volunteers community with objectives to promote animal-welfare, research & study of birdlife & wildlife, appreciation of nature & friendship bonding.
  • Purple Martins

    Mailing Group
    This is a list for those who are interested in the Beautiful and Beneficial Purple Martins - Attracting and protecting them - general information about Martins, Migration Dates, etc.
  • RSPB Wildlife

    Forum
    Active discussion on many threads
  • Surfbirds Forum

    Forum
    We are a very friendly forum with a wide range of experts. Please Sign Up or Login in the top right corner to get started.
  • Tailfeathers

    Forum
    ailfeathers Network, including a subforum for registration and activation issues

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