Birding

Central Park is a great place for birding as more than 270 species can be found here each year. Some live in the Park year-round, while others make a stopover to rest and feed during the spring and fall migrations. The Park is a popular stopover because of its diverse habitats; trees and shrubs provide safe places to nest, and offer food in the form of seeds, berries, and the Park’s vast insect life. The Park’s water bodies, many of them adjacent to the woodlands, are welcoming homes for aquatic birds.

Favorite spots among birders include the North Woods, the Ramble, the Hallett Nature Sanctuary, and any water bodies. The best times of day to go birdwatching are early mornings and late afternoons, when birds are the most active.


Important Details

Create your own Central Park birding adventure by borrowing a kid-friendly Discovery Kit at any visitor center. Each kit contains binoculars, field guides, a hand lens, colored pencils, and sketch paper. Valid picture ID required and an adult must accompany children under 12.

Locations

North Woods

Landscapes & Points of Interest

North Woods

West Side at 101st-110th Streets

Hallett Nature Preserve

Landscapes & Points of Interest

Hallett Nature Sanctuary

East Side at 60th-62nd Streets

Ramble

Landscapes & Points of Interest

The Ramble

Mid-Park at 73rd-79th Streets

Birding

Helpful Resources

View our beginner’s guide to birding in the Park.