Bird Vocabulary - P-R
Defines the term palynivorous in terms of what birds eat, including examples of palynivorous bird species.
Only one bird is listed in the Pandionidae family - do you know which bird it is and what makes it special?
Birds in the Paridae family are some of the most popular backyard species worldwide, but which birds are they and where are they found?
Birds in the Parulidae family are some of the most sought after for life lists, but what birds are they? Learn about the Parulidae bird family, what species it includes and what characteristics they share.
Learn about the Old World sparrows, birds in the "Passeridae" family - surprisingly, many birds we call sparrows aren't in this family at all!
More than half the world's bird species are classified as passerines, but what is a passerine and what characteristics do these birds share? Includes examples of familiar passerines.
Defines the term "patagium" as part of a bird's wing, including tips for identifying birds based on patagial marks.
Defines the term "pelagic" as it relates to birds, with examples of pelagic bird species.
What is a bird pellet, and how do ornithologists use pellets to learn more about birds? Not all birds cast pellets, but you can learn which ones do, and why they do it.
Defines the term "penguin" as a type of seabird, including examples of penguin species.
Defines the term "perching duck" with examples of perching duck species.
Defines the term "petrel" as a type of pelagic bird, including examples of petrel species.
What Phasianidae birds have you already added to your life list? You might be surprised at where these birds can be found and how beautiful they can be.
Only six birds make up the Phoenicopteridae bird family, but they are six of the most distinctive and unique birds in the world. How much do you know about them?
All woodpeckers are in the Picidae family, but what makes this family unique from other birds? Do you know what other types of birds are also in the Picidae family?
Defines the term "pied" as it relates to bird plumage and coloration, with examples of pied bird species.
Defines the term "piscivorous" in terms of a bird's diet, including examples of piscivorous bird species and how piscivores affect local fishing.
Defines the term “plover” as a bird family, including examples of plover species.
Defines the term “plumage.”
Defines the term "plumes" as a type of feather, with examples of how plumes are part of bird plumage and what birds have plumes.
All grebes are members of the bird family Podicipedidae, but how many species does that include and what characteristics do they share?
Defines the terms “polygamous” and “polygamy” as they apply to birds.
Penguins can't fly, but they do get airtime by porpoising.
Defines the term "precocial."
What prey does a bird prey on? Learn what this word means as a noun and a verb, with examples of what birds prey and what prey they eat.
Psittacidae birds are some of the most colorful in the world, and while they make popular pets, how much do you know about them in the wild?
Pelicans are the obvious members of the Pelecanidae family, but do you know how many species are part of this family and what characteristics they share?
Defines the term "puffin" as a type of seabird, including a list of all puffin species.
What exactly is a quill? Learn this critical part of a bird's feather, plus how quills have historically been used for writing.
Birds in the family Rallidae are secretive and can be hard to find, but learning about the family is the first step toward adding these birds to your life list.
Defines the term “raptor” as it relates to birds, including physical characteristics and species examples.
If you think of "recurved" you'll easily remember at least some of the birds in the Recurvirostridae family. Learn what characteristics these birds share as well as where you can see them.
Defines the term "rictal bristles" as a type of feather, including details about the purpose of rictal bristles and examples of birds that have them.
Defines the term "riparian" as it relates to riparian birds and habitats.
Defines the term "rookery" as it relates to birds' breeding ranges, including examples of bird species that nest in rookeries and how a rookery can cause problems for nearby human habitation.
Defines the term "rump" as part of a bird's anatomy, with tips for how to identify birds based on the rump.
Defines the term "primary feather" as part of a bird's wing, with tips for identifying birds by primaries.