Leaflet Quick Reference Identification Guides for Waterfowl, Shorebirds and Raptors

Leaflet Quick Reference Identification Guides for Waterfowl, Shorebirds and Raptors

Who knew identifying birds could be so easy? All you need are these information-packed foldout guides by photographer Kevin T. Karlson and ornithologist Kevin J. McGowan of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Karlson is the co-author, with Dale Rosselet, New Jersey Audubon’s vice president of education, of the new Peterson Printable Birdwatching Reference Guide (Houghton…

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A valuable new identification guide from a founder of the Hummingbird Monitoring Network

A valuable new identification guide from a founder of the Hummingbird Monitoring Network

During a songbird fallout or a particularly busy hawk-watching day, the identification skills of even the most seasoned birders can be put to the test. The same can be said of hummingbird feeding stations, particularly in the Southwest, where many species are present. The constant blur of wings and colors is both thrilling and overwhelming….

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Northern Cardinal by David Allen Sibley.

David Sibley’s sketches reveal similarities and variations in beak shape

Northern Cardinal by David Allen Sibley. When we talk about identification, we tend to focus on the differences, but it can be enlightening (and reassuring) to think about the similarities. In fact, understanding differences often requires appreciating the similarities between species. Ruby-throated Hummingbird by David Allen Sibley. Bill shape varies greatly and almost all species…

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Mallard Drawings With Labels

How waterfowl hide their wings

DISAPPEARING ACT: In normal swimming position, a mallard duck (above) hides its wings under the scapulars and flanks. Only the tertiaries and primaries are visible. The illustration below depicts the same bird and how its wing would appear if visible. Artwork by David Sibley Subscribe today to BirdWatching magazine for identification tips, birding hotspots and…

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Identify Snail Kite

Identify Snail Kite

Marsh kite, male, adult or nearly adult. April in Osceola County, Florida. Photo by Brian E. Small Upon hearing that there are birds called “kites”, many people assume they must have been named for the type of kite you fly on a string. In fact, it’s the reverse. Birds were named first, and paper craft…

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Identification of Wandering Sandpiper and Spotted Sandpiper

Identification of Wandering Sandpiper and Spotted Sandpiper

Wandering talker, non-breeding adult. August in Ventura County, California. Photo by Brian E. Small The Wandering Tattler’s name sounds whimsical and fictional, but it’s actually an apt title. “Wandering” is no exaggeration. The coastal wintering range of this sandpiper extends across the Pacific, from California and Ecuador to Australia, and just about every archipelago and…

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Identify waterbirds in winter

Identify waterbirds in winter

ALWAYS IDENTIFIABLE: A Mallard, a Common Loon and a Red-necked Grebe, all sleeping in the characteristic posture of their families. (Illustrations not to scale.) Art by David Sibley For birdwatchers, winter is a time to stand on frozen shores and struggle to identify distant waterfowl. This means focusing on beak shape, head shape, body proportions,…

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Get a Bird’s Eye View of the Rainforest

Take a relaxing journey through the rainforest on board one of our gondolas, and spot rare animals such as the Kuranda tree frog (Litoria myola). From above, marvel at this tropical paradise from an elevated perspective! Bird‘s-eye views are photographs taken from above a subject, typically by using an aerial drone or aircraft, though you…

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The Best Places to See in Fremantle, Perth and Perth, Western Australia

Jungle Bird is a tropical-inspired tribute to one of the oldest natural spirits. Joshua Ivanovic, Lolita Goh and Divyesh Chauhan have recreated much of its original ambience at their new digs; with classic cocktails like Planes Trains Automobiles on offer along with innovative offerings like Rummin’ Round the World which recognizes all nations producing rum….

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Nocturnal Forest Birds

Birds that hunt or migrate at night require special adaptations in order to survive. Torpor, which involves lowering core body temperatures in order to save energy, and having camouflaging or freezing up plumage may all aid their efforts and allow them to remain unseen by predators. Even with its dull coloration, the mockingbird is a…

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Forest Bird Sounds

Bird sounds can provide valuable clues to their identification, though it’s important to keep in mind that calls often consist of repeated noises with slight pitch variations – it takes practice to become an expert bird sound expert! Ludwik Tomialojc, Tomasz Wesolowski and Wieslaw Walankiewicz began extensive bird research in Bialowieza Forest in 1975; all…

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Birds of the Amazon

The Amazon rainforest is home to over 1,300 bird species, many of them unique to this area. Take a look at these gorgeous birds and learn their fascinating characteristics! New research shows that many Amazonian bird populations are declining as a result of climate change, particularly insect-eating species. 1. Macaw Macaws are one of the…

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