Photo: Pierre Bannon

Photo: Daniel Auger

Photo: Daniel Auger

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

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The new Atlas is currently on pre-sale!

Great news: the pre-sale of the Second Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Southern Québec (Robert, Hachey, Lepage and Couturier, 2019) is now on, until 31 December 2018. The book will be printed early next year, and will be available in bookstores in April.

Why buy the Atlas on pre-sale?

The pre-sale includes a special promotional offer and will only last a few weeks. Here are the benefits of buying the book in advance:

  • Discount on the listed price: instead of $89.95, you will only pay $74.95; and
  • Free mailing in Canada: if you live in Canada, the book will be mailed to you free of charge, and before it appears in bookstores.


Note: you will be redirected to the Regroupement QuébecOiseaux’s online store, where you can see sample pages from the book, and purchase it.

The Atlas Team

Project updates

01 November 2018. The pre-sale of the Atlas, which will only last a few weeks, is now underway! If you want to take advantage of this offer, visit the Regroupement QuébecOiseaux’s online store, where you will be able to see sample pages from the book, and purchase it. The pre-sale will raise the funds necessary to print the book, and will help estimate the print run. The Atlas, which will be illustrated with nearly 500 photographs and more than 1000 maps, will comprise 720 pages, and will provide an updated portrait of the distribution and abundance of 253 bird species breeding in southern Québec. All profits from the sale of the Atlas will go into a fund for the conservation of birds in Québec. Please spread the word!
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Photo: Michel Robert

The Willow Ptarmigan is usually a bird of Nunavik, living far from the populated areas of southern Québec. However, in some winters, it makes incursions south of its nesting area. When this occurs, it can be observed—sometimes in large numbers—in the Abitibi and Lac-Saint-Jean areas; in the northern part of the Laurentides; and along the Côte-Nord. During fieldwork for the second atlas, this species was only confirmed nesting once in southern Québec. This was in a survey square on the Basse-Côte-Nord, situated a few kilometres from where the species was found during the first atlas. This area contains an open tundra type environment with scattered low shrubs, which is the preferred habitat of this species. The Willow Ptarmigan is almost entirely white in winter, but it dons reddish-brown tones from late spring to mid-autumn (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: 6 November 2018