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BIRDLAB is a citizen’s observatory that aims to study bird behavior at the feeder in winter. Participation is via a game played on a smartphone or tablet.

Specific actions

Participate from a garden, a balcony or a deck by installing two feeders and by watching the birds as they come and go at the feeders using the BirdLab app.

Project created
Mainland France

Type of project : Field, online

Participation period : November to march

Level of involvement : Case by case


Mésange bleue
Photo credits Ophélie_Ricci-MNHN
BirdLab joueur
Photo credits L_Brevet-MNHN
Mésange Huppée
Photo credits ARonningCC-BY-SA3.0
Mésange Huppée
Photo credits Ghislain

Project description

This observatory is part of the Vigie Nature network.

The questions the researchers are trying to answer with BirdLab are as follows:

How do birds behave at a feeder? Do birds prefer to feed where there are other birds present or do they prefer to be alone to feed? How do species cooperate? Do individual birds and bird species cooperate or compete? Does habitat influence these behaviors? 

The participation

Required equipment

Smartphone ou table
Deux mangeoires identiques
Graines de tournesol


Carmen Bessa Gomes

Carmen Bessa Gomes

Maitresse de Conférences

Laboratoire Ecologie, Systématique et Evolution

François Chiron

François Chiron

Maitre de Conférences

Laboratoire Ecologie, Systématique et Evolution

Anne Dozières

Anne Dozières

Directrice de Vigie-Nature

Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (MNHN)


Anne Dozières