Bird Vocabulary - A-B
Defines the term “accipiter” as a bird of prey with species examples.
Even beginning birders can have birds in the Accipitridae family on their life list, but what birds are part of this classification?
Defines the term "aerie" as it relates to nesting birds of prey.
Defines the term "albatross" as a type of seabird, including examples of albatross species.
Birds in the Alcedinidae family are excellent fisherman. Found worldwide, there is sure to be one of these unique birds near you, but which one?
Alcidae birds are instantly recognizable but can be hard to add to a life list. Learn what birds are in this scientific family and where you can find them.
Defines the term "altricial."
Which birds are in the family Anatidae, and what characteristics do they share?
Only four birds make up the Anhingidae family, but they are found around the world are are very distinctive to see. Is one on your life list?
If it looks like a swallow and acts like a swallow, it might not be a swallow at all. Learn about the swift bird family, including what surprising birds they are most closely related to.
Ardeidae birds are instantly recognizable, but not every wading bird is part of this distinct family. Learn what characteristics can help you easily identify Ardeidae birds.
Defines the term "auk" as a type of pelagic bird, including examples of auk species.
Defines the term "auriculars" as part of a bird's plumage, with tips for bird identification using the auriculars.
Defines the term "aves" as part of the scientific classification of all birds, and lists common characteristics that make all birds belong to the aves class.
Defines the term "avian" as an adjective and a noun.
Defines the term "aviary."
Defines the term "avifauna" with relation to bird populations and gives examples of how avifauna is used for birding and bird conservation.
If you've ever traveled for birding, you've participated in avitourism - but what does that mean, and how does it benefit a location to promote avitourism?
Defines the term "avivorous" in terms of a bird's diet, including examples of avivorous bird species and the birds they prey on.
Defines the term “avocet” as a bird family, including examples of avocet species.
A "big day" can be a great competition to see the most birds, and these days are popular at birding festivals. Learn how to organize your own big day.
If you want big birding without exertion, a Big Sit could be for you! But what is this event and how does it work?
A "big year" is a birding competition that many birders want to try, but few have the resources to complete. Learn more about the factors influencing a big year and what the current big year record is.
Defines the term "bill" as part of a bird's anatomy, with a discussion of bill specialization, how birds use their bills and how to identify a bird by its bill.
Defines the terms birdbath and bird bath.
By birdscaping your yard you can attract many new bird species, but what is birdscaping and how do you do it?
Bombycillidae birds can be the bomb with their jaunty crests, mysterious masks and large flocks, but what birds are part of this scientific family, and how are some different than others?
Defines the term "booby" as a type of pelagic bird, including examples of booby species.
Defines the term “boreal” as it relates to habitat and boreal birds.
Learn where the boundaries of a bird's breast are and how seeing the breast can help with proper identification.
Defines the term "breast spot" as a field mark for bird identification, including examples of birds with breast spots and how to identify birds with breast spots.
Defines the term “brood" as a noun and a verb.
Brood parasites can dramatically affect nesting birds, and understanding what a brood parasite is can help birders be on the lookout for this unique nesting behavior.
Defines the term "brood patch."
Defines the term "buteo" with examples of buteo bird species.