Photo: Pierre Bannon

Photo: Suzanne Labbé

Photo: Suzanne Labbé

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Québec Breeding
Bird Atlas
801-1550 av. d’Estimauville
Québec (Québec)  G1J 0C3

1 877 785-2772

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A new phase for the Atlas

With the completion of fieldwork for southern Québec (2010-2014), the Atlas project has reached an important milestone, and we would like to send our sincere thanks to the 2000 participants who between them devoted more than 100 000 hours to data collection.

Nevertheless, this does not mean that all data collection is finished, as fieldwork for the region north of 50°30' N will continue for several years to come!

In parallel, the Atlas Team will be concentrating on the publication of the results for southern Québec. We will keep you regularly informed about the progress of this part of the project, which aims to analyze and publish the data acquired between 2010 and 2014, including a comparison with the results obtained during the first Atlas.

Those of you who wish to participate in the northern component of the Atlas should, in addition to regularly visiting this website, subscribe to our mailing list to receive our newsletters. To help with planning and to avoid overlap, we would like hear from any experienced and independent birdwatchers who are intending to visit northern Québec to collect data for the Atlas.

For your information, we will be adding sections to this website containing a variety of information about the northern part of the project. However, in the meantime, you can find a range of basic information on the Northern Québec page.

The Atlas Team

Project updates

21 December 2017. We are delighted to announce that the Second Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Southern Québec will be available in book form. There are two main reasons for this decision: 1) the Atlas Team sought to take into account the interest shown by the birdwatching community (which has been vital to the success of the project) in having a book; and 2) the printing of the Atlas is the best way to ensure the perpetuity of the work as a whole. The publication date for the book has not yet been set, but there will be a presale in 2018. The Atlas results will also be made available on the web, but likely after the book has been published. The main element of the new Atlas will be the accounts for the 253 species breeding in southern Québec. The French version of the accounts has been finalised and the translation into English will be completed over the coming months. We would like to thank the authors of the species accounts: Yves Aubry, Olivier Barden, Hugues Brunoni, Christophe Buidin, Marcel Darveau, Samuel Denault, Gaétan Duquette, Gilles Falardeau, Michel Gosselin, Marie-Hélène Hachey, Benoît Jobin, Christine Lepage, Vincent Létourneau, Guy Michaud, Jean Piuze, Jean-François Poulin, Jean-François Rail, Michel Robert, François Shaffer, Daniel Toussaint et Marc-André Villard. We would also like to thank Serge Gagné for his linguistic revision of all the accounts. Happy holiday season!
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Photo: Olivier Barden

Because of its scarcity, power and beauty, the Gyrfalcon holds a special fascination for birdwatchers, and no one ever forgets their first encounter with this remarkable holarctic species that only visits southern Québec in winter. Provincially, this falcon nests chiefly on the Ungava Peninsula, where it occurs both inland and along the coast, in open country with suitable nesting cliffs. The male selects the nest site, usually on a ledge protected by an overhang, and then attempts to attract a female by emitting insistent calls and performing an elaborate aerial courtship display. The latter consists of a repeated figure of eight flight, with the central crossing point placed in front of the nest site. During incubation, which lasts just over a month, the male brings prey, usually ptarmigan, to the female. The young fledge about 50 days after hatching. Although not considered endangered globally, the Gyrfalcon is one of the most prized falconry species, and the illegal trafficking of individuals and eggs is one of the main threats to this magnificent bird (adapted from Gauthier and Aubry 1996).


List of participants who contributed the most to data collection. For a complete list, click here.



The Québec Breeding Bird Atlas project is open to birdwatchers of all skill levels, and we strongly encourage you to get involved. The aim of participants of the Atlas is to find breeding evidence for as many bird species as possible within each 100 km2 survey square.

Black-and-white Warbler photo by Simon Pierre Barrette.

Updated: 20 December 2017