Celebrating Birds, Together

The 2024 Great Backyard Bird Count saw hundreds of thousands of people turn their eyes and ears outside to watch and listen for birds—on every continent and virtually every country. Fortunately for us, many of those people brought cameras and shared their photography from all parts of the globe.

The results are simply amazing, as you’ll see in this gallery. Whether you browse through birds familiar to you or daydream about the birds of distant regions, we hope you’ll enjoy these photos of birds and birders—all taken during the 2024 GBBC.

To view all the photos submitted during the 2024 Great Backyard Bird Count (more than 125,000 in all), visit the GBBC photo submissions page at the Macaulay Library. And to dig into the full stats for all 7,800+ species and 290,000+ checklists recorded, view the 2024 GBBC Results page.


As of press time, birders in Africa had recorded nearly 1,600 species, including 200,000 Lesser Flamingos on one checklist from Tanzania. Browse full Africa results.

A yellow songbird perches on a shrub and sings.
Orange-throated Longclaw in South Africa by Andrew Black / Macaulay Library.


The largest continent spans the snowy reaches of Scandinavia to the steamy rainforests of Indonesia and the dry heat of the Middle East. Across this vast region, birders found more than 2,100 species and filed nearly 60,000 checklists. Fully 85% of those checklists came from India, adding more than 1,000 species and nearly 12,000 photos to the total. Browse full Asia results.

Australia and Oceania

Birders in Australasia recorded more than 700 species on nearly 5,000 checklists over the four days of the count. The species total includes 102 species that were observed on only one checklist each—showing how it always pays to go out birding—you never know when you’ll find that one unique bird nobody else found. Browse full Australasia results.

a colorful green, gray, and orange dove sits in leafy foliage.
Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove in Australia by Steve Popple / Macaulay Library.


It takes commitment to get to Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands—and during this year’s GBBC some 45 birders were up to the challenge. They checked in with 36 total species, including six species of penguins capped off by 10,000 King Penguins seen on fabled South Georgia Island. Browse full Antarctica/South Polar results.

Adelie Penguin un Antarctica by steve b / Macaulay Library,


Europe’s dedicated birders entered more than 16,000 checklists and reported nearly 450 species—including a massive flock of 4 million Bramblings in Germany and 1,800 exotic Rose-ringed Parakeets in London. Browse full Europe results.

A small blue and yellow bird with a white face perches on a branch.
Eurasian Blue Tit in Germany by Lutz Duerselen / Macaulay Library.

South America

South America is home to some of the richest biodiversity on the planet—making for some of the most fortunate birders in the world. Over the GBBC they reported more than 2,600 species on almost 10,000 checklists—including a staggering 210 species of hummingbirds! Browse full South America results.

gray/brown bird with a russet colored abdomen and black face marking.
Olive-crowned Crescentchest in Argentina by Aldo Grangetto / Macaulay Library.

North America

Birders in Canada, the United States, and Mexico recorded some 1,660 species on 200,000 checklists during the GBBC. In Central America, birders tallied 1,000 species on nearly 6,000 checklists as of press time. Just the tanagers alone were enough to create a rainbow, with their names featuring colors like scarlet, crimson, flame, red, rose, tawny, rufous, bay, yellow, lemon, green, emerald, azure, blue, and gray, (plus blue-gray). Browse full North America results and Central America results.

A small owl looks intently at the camera against a dim, purplish background.
Eastern Screech-Owl in Michigan by Isaac Polanski / Macaulay Library.

Thank you to everyone who has shared their inspiring images with us. There’s still time to add your photos!