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Québec (Québec)  G1J 0C3

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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.

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Project updates

05 September 2018. There will be a pre-sale of the Atlas this fall to help raise the funds needed to print the book and to estimate the print run. The Atlas will be illustrated with nearly 500 photos and over 800 maps, will contain more than 700 pages, and will present an up-to-date portrait of the distribution and abundance of 253 bird species breeding in southern Québec. All profits from the sale of the book will be donated to a fund for bird conservation in Québec. If you are interested in the pre-sale and are not yet signed up to receive the Atlas newsletter, we strongly recommend that you register by clicking here.
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Photo: Michel Bordeleau

The Cedar Waxwing is one of our last species to breed. Sometimes it does not begin nesting until the middle of summer, when most of the other breeding species in Québec have already finished raising their broods. This delay is due to the fact that this frugivorous species generally times its nesting to coincide with the ripening of small fruits and berries. Highly sociable, the Cedar Waxwing often feeds in groups and only defends a tiny territory, comprising, for the most part, simply of its nest and a perch. Although the rearing period corresponds to a time when fruit is abundant, the young are initially fed on insects, which the adults also eat. The Cedar Waxwing is found in a wide variety of habitats, ranging from suburban areas and urban parks, to the boreal forest. This familiar bird was detected in two-thirds of the survey squares visited during fieldwork for the second atlas, making it the 11th most commonly encountered species in southern Québec (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: 5 September 2018