Bird Identification 101

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Table of Contents
Introduction
Topography of a Bird

Constant Features

Plumage Variations

ID by Shape
ID by Color
ID by Location
ID by Specific Features

The Bill

Cone-shaped

Dagger-shaped

Curved

Hooked

Needle-like

Spatulate

Quiz on Bill Shapes

The Head

Eyering

Crown

Lores

Supercillium

Ear Patch (auricular)

Quiz on the Head

ID by Field Mark
ID by Behavior
ID by Gestalt
ID by Nests
ID by Ear
 

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Introduction to Bird Identification

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In this tutorial you will develop skills that help you become a better birder by

  • Learning the topography of a bird

  • Learning about variations in features on birds

  • Practicing at home to make it easier to identify a bird in the field

This tutorial has four sections covering important features on a bird, and each section is followed by an optional quiz.

Next: Topography of a Bird

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