Bird Vocabulary - E-G
Defines the term “eagle” as a bird of prey with specific examples.
Defines the term “eider” as a type of duck, including examples of eider species.
A lot of little brown jobs are in the "Emberizidae" bird family. Learn what these birds have in common and which birds are classified in this group.
Defines the term "endangered" as it applies to birds, including different levels of endangered status and what threats contribute to birds becoming endangered species.
Defines the term "endemic" as it relates to birds and birding, with examples of how endemic species evolve.
How can an extinct bird still be alive? Learn the difference between "extinct" and "extinct in the wild" with examples of extinct bird species and suggestions for how birds go extinct.
Defines the term "eyas" with relation to birds.
Defines the term "eyebrow" as a bird field mark, with tips for how to identify birds with eyebrows.
Defines the term "eye line" as a birding field mark, with tips for proper bird identification using eye lines.
Defines the term "eye ring" as part of a bird's anatomy, with tips for bird identification using eye ring field marks.
A bird's facial disc can be a key field mark, particularly for owls. Learn what a facial disc is, how it helps a bird and how to identify birds with these unique markings.
Defines the term “falcon” with physical characteristics and bird species.
The raptors that belong in the Falconidae family may be obvious, but why are they all family members? Learn what characteristics these birds share and what species are part of this classification.
Defines the term "fecal sac."
Defines the term "feral cat" and describes feral cats' impact on birds.
Defines the term "flanks" as part of a bird's anatomy, with tips for bird identification using the flanks.
Defines the term "fledgling."
How are penguins' wings different from other birds' wings? They're flippers! But what makes flippers different?
Defines the term "flock" as it relates to birding, including examples of why birds form flocks and what different flocks are called.
Defines the term "forage" as a bird behavior, including examples of different types of foraging and how birds are adapted to forage.
Defines the term "forehead" as part of a bird's anatomy, with tips for how to identify birds by their foreheads.
Birds in the Fregatidae are spectacular seabirds, even though there are only five species. Learn more about what makes these birds a unique family, and where you can see them.
Defines the term "frigatebird" as a type of seabird, including a list of frigatebird species.
If you love finches, you'll love the bird family "Fringillidae" - it's the home of all the true finches. But what makes a finch a finch? Learn what these birds share and what some familiar Fringillidae species are.
Defines the term "frontal shield" as part of a bird's bill, with examples of birds with frontal shields and how to a identify a bird based on the frontal shield.
Defines the term "frugivorous" in terms of a bird's diet, with examples of frugivorous bird species and how to attract them.
Defines the term "fulmar" as a type of pelagic bird, including examples of fulmar species.
Defines the term "game bird" and lists examples of game bird species.
Defines the term "gannet" as a type of pelagic bird, including a list of gannet species.
There are only a few birds in the Gaviidae family, but they are some of the most sought after species to add to a life list. How many of them have you seen?
What is a bird's gizzard, and why is it essential for their digestion?
Defines the term "gleaning" as a way birds feed, including examples of birds that feed by gleaning and what they typically eat.
Defines the term “goldeneye” as a type of duck, including species examples.
Defines the term "gorget" as part of a bird's plumage, with examples of birds that have gorgets and how to use a gorget for bird identification.
Goslings are instantly recognizable, but what exactly is a gosling and what type of bird is it?
Defines the term "granivorous" in terms of a bird's diet, with examples of granivorous bird species and how to attract granivores to your backyard.
Defines the term “grebe” as a type of bird, including examples of grebe species.
Defines the term "gregarious" with regards to birds and bird behavior.
Gruidae birds are stately and elegant, but many are endangered. Learn what birds are part of this family and how they are related, and you can begin to help them.