Bird Vocabulary - C-D
Defines the term “cache” as a noun and a verb.
The Caprimulgidae family of birds can be hard to find and identify, but they are also distinct and fascinating. Learn which birds are part of this family and what makes them unique.
That cardinals belong to the Cardinalidae bird family is no surprise, but do you know what other colorful birds are also family members?
Defines the term “carnivorous” as it applies to birds, including different types of carnivores and species examples.
Defines the term "carrion."
Cathartidae birds aren't the prettiest species, but they're invaluable raptors that keep nature clean. Which birds are they, and where can you see them?
Defines the term "cavity-nesting" as it applies to bird nests and reproduction, with examples of cavity-nesting bird species.
Defines the term “cere” as part of a bird’s anatomy.
Plovers are all in the Charadriidae bird family, but how many species are there? Learn what characteristics birds in this family all share.
Defines the word "chin" as part of a bird's anatomy, with tips for bird identification using the chin.
There are only a few birds in the Cinclidae family, but they are distinct freshwater aquatic birds. Learn more about them, including where to add them to your life list.
The cloaca is an important part of a bird's anatomy for digestion and reproduction; learn how this often unseen part of a bird helps bird banders learn the gender of birds, and what role it plays in bird mating.
Discussion of bird colonial behavior as it relates to breeding and reproduction, including advantages and disadvantages and examples of colonial bird species.
All doves and pigeons belong to the bird family "Columbidae" but do you know how many species there are or what characteristics they share? Learn why all these birds are related.
Defines the term "coniferous" as it relates to bird habitat and trees for birds.
There is only one bird in the Coerebidae family, but it has dozens of variations. Do you know which bird it is?
Every birder has seen at last one corvid, but do you know what birds are considered corvids, and what makes them special?
Learn about the Corvidae bird family, including what unique characteristics these highly intelligent birds share and what species are part of this large famiy.
Birds with countershading have a specific type of coloration pattern in their feathers that helps with camouflage. Learn more about countershading, including examples of birds with countershaded plumage.
Learn what a bird's coverts are, why these feathers are important and how you can use them for proper bird identification.
When is a crepuscular bird most active, and what birds are crepuscular?
Defines the term "crest" as part of a bird's plumage, with examples of crested birds and tips for identification based on a bird's crest.
The crop is an important part of a bird's digestive system, but not all birds have one. Which birds do, and how do they use it?
Defines the terms crop milk and bird milk, including nutritional information and what birds use crop milk to feed their young.
Defines the term "crown" as part of a bird's anatomy, including tips for identifying birds based on the crown.
You'd be cuckoo if you didn't like birds in the Cuculidae family! Learn what birds they are and where you can see them.
Defines the term "cull" as it relates to culling birds, including how and why birds are culled.
Defines the term "culmen" as part of a bird's bill, with tips for how to identify birds using the culmen.
Defines the term "dabbling duck" with examples of dabbler species.
Defines the term "DDT" and discusses the infamous pesticide and its effect on birds.
Defines the term "deciduous" as it relates to bird habitat and trees for birds.
Bird bills can be decurved, and understanding that term can help you properly identify birds with decurved bills.
Defines the term "die-off" as it relates to massive bird fatalities.
Defines the terms dimorphic, dimorphous and sexual dimorphism.
The Diomedeidae birds are some of the most amazing pelagic birds, but do you know which birds belong to this family?
Defines the term "diurnal" with examples of types of diurnal birds.
Defines the term "diving duck" with examples of species.
Defines the term “domestic duck” in relation to waterfowl with examples of species and where they are typically found.
Defines the term "down" as a type of bird feathers, including discussion of down in both juvenile and mature birds.
Defines the term "drake" as a type of duck, with details of how drakes and hens are different.
There is only one bird in the Dromaiidae family, but it is a unique and distinctive species native to Australia but familiar worldwide.