What do you listen to while driving in your car?
Music? Talk Radio? Nothing?
What if you could turn those wasted moments into a chance to learn about birds?
That is how I utilize podcasts about birds!
Seriously, once you start listening to the BEST birding podcasts listed below, it will be hard to ever listen to the radio again.
Each of my favorite shows has its own unique style and personality. Some are short (~2 minutes), and some are as long as an hour.
Birdnote serves as my daily informational podcast about birds. A new episode is published EVERY DAY, and they are short in length (each one under 2 minutes).
Most episodes focus on an individual species or family of birds and highlight their unique features. It’s a daily reminder of how impressive and inspiring birds are!
The short episodes are both entertaining and educational. I look forward to starting every day with this birding podcast.
Click HERE to see all the ways you can SUBSCRIBE to the podcast. View latest shows, download online, etc. In addition, you can see the other two podcasts that BirdNote produces that are also about birds!
#2. Talkin’ Birds
First, you need to know that this podcast is hosted by Ray Brown, who has one of the most incredible radio voices you will ever hear!
Talkin’ Birds is produced as a radio show and then made available as a podcast. Expect a 30-minute episode per week packed full of information about birds and very entertaining.
The episodes are very structured and thought out, complete with lots of musical accompaniment. Each show normally has a bit of birding news at the beginning, then a guest that Ray interviews, ending with the reveal of the mystery bird of the week.
Talkin’ Birds is an excellent podcast for anyone that likes birds, whether you just enjoy feeding them in your backyard or are planning your “Big Year” adventure.
The American Birding Association (ABA) produces a weekly birding podcast usually around 30 minutes in length.
A section is always dedicated to the rare birds seen around the United States. From there, the host, Nate Swick, usually has a guest that he interviews regarding their research, new book, etc.
This podcast is not for the casual backyard bird watcher. Like the ABA, it is for people who are into birding, keeping lists, and the finer points of bird identification.
Hannah and Erik are a married bird nerd podcast team that loves to explore, adventure, meet new people, and watch birds.
Their podcast aims to highlight cool places, discuss neat birds, showcase awesome people, and have a good time!
Believe it or not, this program has been airing on the radio since 1986! Luckily, Laura also releases the segments as podcasts, which is great news for us.
In addition to creating a weekly podcast, she’s a teacher, biologist, wildlife rehabilitator, editor, columnist, and author of eleven books.
By listening, you can expect to hear stories about birds from around the country.
If you are looking for a podcast that helps teach you about feeding your backyard birds, this is the show for you!
John and Brian focus on the wildlife you can find in your yard.
As they say in the show, “Relax, enjoy the birds, and stay Nature Centered.”
Subscribe to Each Podcast About Birds!
My recommendation is to subscribe to all the bird-related podcasts on this list and give them each a try. Each one has its unique style and appeals to different people and personalities.
I guarantee you will learn a lot about birds and birding!
What are your favorite podcasts about birds?
I am always looking for more fun and educational podcasts about birds and birding.
Do you have any recommendations? If so, please comment below, and I would love to check them out.