Bird Identification - Where Do I Start?

Bird identification can be challenging for both beginners andWild Bird Identification: Birds Don't Read the Books! experienced birders alike.

We get a lot of inquiries regarding bird id and we thought we should have a page that is dedicated to those questions so that everyone can participate and share all in one place.

As far as beginners go, we highly recommend you reviewing our below pages which also give bird id tips and advice that we have learned over the years from our own bird watching experience as well as from other experienced birders.

We would love all bird watchers to visit those pages and share their tips for identifying birds as well:

If you do submit your questions below, please try to give as much details as possible.

Our biggest problem with submissions for bird id is lack of information.

For example, if you tell us you saw a big brown bird it is going to be pretty difficult to determine what species of bird you saw.

Types of Bird BillsIt's all in the details. We need as much details as possible such as describing the bird's size, body shape, bill shape, wing and tail shape, how does it fly, field marks (patterns), describe the habitat or area it was in - dense trees, grassy meadow, wetland, etc..

There are some examples of these criteria here: Wild Bird Identification Questions

Male American KestrelSubmitting Photos: Although it would be especially helpful, we realize not everyone can send us a photo of the bird.

If you cannot get a close-up, even a far away picture would be better than none. Even if you can take a photo of where the bird was would still be better than nothing because often habitat and surroundings do help narrow down choices. So please do attach photos if you can.

We also have a collection of bird pictures divided by type such as accipiters, falcons, hawks, eagles, owls and songbirds.

If you can classify your bird as one of the above or with even further division, for example warbler if a songbird, even better. 

Once we have enough collection enough bird identification photos and submissions we plan to divide this page into birds of prey identification, baby bird identification, woodpecker identification, etc.

Bird Identification Tips

You can submit your bird ID questions/photos to our Facebook Page and we'll try our best to help you ID your bird :-)

More Info about Bird Identification:

Bird Watching Tips

Bird Field Guides

Bird Song Identification

Warbler Identification Guide

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