David Sibley: The Psychology of Bird Identification

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Sunday March 20

2:00 PM  –  4:00 PM

Stay tuned for a new date! This program has been postponed to a later date.


Preregistration required to reserve a seat for this general admission program at Cincinnati Art Museum. Tickets were to go on sale on January 10, but are now postponed as we await more information.

The Sibley Guide to Birds, published in 2000, was the realization of a lifelong dream for David Allen Sibley, who began painting birds when he was seven years old and has continued painting them for over three decades. The Sibley Guide to Birds contains over 6,600 original illustrations by Sibley, now recognized as America’s leading ornithologist/illustrator. David Allen Sibley is the preeminent brand in American birding, and everywhere he goes, hundreds of fellow birders come out to meet him for his inventive presentations and lectures.


In this lecture, illustrated with photos, drawings, and a few tests, David talks about how we perceive the world around us, and how our brains both help and hinder our efforts at bird identification.


David’s newest book, What It’s Like to Be a Bird, will be available at the book signing after the event.


Program participants meet in the auditorium at the Cincinnati Art Museum (953 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45202).


Other important details:

  • Parking at the Cincinnati Art Museum is free.
  • To enter the auditorium, please use the main entrance. Museum staff members will be happy to direct you.
  • Please bring a mask and your ticket or transaction receipt. (Masks are required indoors for all vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.)
  • Tickets are for general admission seating.

Cincinnati Nature Center members or Cincinnati Art Museum members $20; nonmembers $25. 

*Please note that cancellations must be made at least two weeks in advance of the event. No refunds or transfers of fees will occur if the request is made less than two weeks prior to the event.

Important Information For All Program Registrants: Please retain your tickets electronically to present at the event or a copy of the email acknowledgement on your phone as a receipt. You may be asked for your tickets or order transaction to attend.