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Birding is much more enjoyable when you are able to identify the different wild birds you see. From basic bird identification tips to more advanced techniques, this information will help you enhance your birding ID skills so you can be confident about accurately identifying even the most challenging birds.
  1. Bird Identification Equipment
  2. Bird Identification Basics
  3. Birding By Ear
  1. Identifying Types of Birds
  2. Challenging Bird IDs
  3. Bird Identification Diagrams

Bird Identification Equipment

Binoculars

The right equipment is essential for proper bird identification, both to get a good look at the bird in question but also to be sure you don't confuse it with a similar species. With the right tools, you can be confident that your identifications are accurate.

Bird Identification Basics

Prothonotary Warbler

Whether you are a novice or experienced birder, brushing up on basic identification techniques can help you improve your birding skills. Knowing how best to observe birds and just what to look for can help you become an expert at identification.

Birding By Ear

Singing European Robin

Even if you can't see a bird, you may still be able to identify it if you can hear it clearly. Learn about the different sounds birds make and how to interpret those sounds for proper identification.

Identifying Types of Birds

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Understanding what makes types of birds unique and how to identify them by category is the first step to confident bird identification. If you recognize a bird as a specific type, these tips can help you make a more detailed identification.

Challenging Bird IDs

Hairy Woodpecker - Thumbnail

Some bird species look so much alike that they can confuse even the most experienced and knowledgeable birders. These species comparisons and quick reference ID tables can help you perfect your bird identification skills with any challenging birds.

Bird Identification Diagrams

House Finch Pair

Even some very familiar birds can be difficult to identify, but if you learn these common birds carefully, you will be able to more quickly identify unusual birds without confusion. These labeled diagrams include multiple genders, plumages and postures.

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