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Learning to identify the birds you see and hear is a wonderful skill to have. Improving your bird identification skills will lead to greater enjoyment of the birds around you.

Once you can identify most of the birds you see and hear, you can support various citizen science programs or even become a researcher or professional ornithologist.

There are two topics in this section of the site…

bird identification

1. Identifying Birds – Which Bird Did You See?

The first choice on your right is called Which bird did you see? In this bird identifier section you will find assistance in identifying what birds you have seen. We have selected 200 of the most commonly observed birds across the United States.

They are presented in different ways and with multiple images.   Bird identifcation filters inclide color, size and habitat.

State-specific bird identification information is also provided.

If you can identify 200 bird species, you are well on your way to becoming a bird expert!

Which Bird Did You See >

2. Bird Identification – Skill Development

bird identificationIdentifying birds you see is a fun part of bird watching.  This section will help you improve your birding skills. Topics include:

  • Basics of bird identification
  • Common Bird ID Challenges
  • Bird Family Study Guides.  They serve as an advanced bird identifier resource.  Novice to intermediate level birders will find the information useful in improving their bird ID skills.


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The Truth Behind It: Can You Have An Owl As A Pet?

Tit Family Rundown: Tits, Chickadees & Titmice

Finch Species In The United States – 17 Native Finches

Answering Your Questions: Do Owls Eat Cats?

15 Different Bird Species With Orange Chests

Types of Woodpeckers Found in the United States [23 Species]

What Do Owls Eat? A Sneak Peek To The Diet Of Owls

What Are The Most Common Black Birds With White Bellies?

Comparing The Two: Are Egrets And Herons Related?

Blue Grosbeak vs Indigo Bunting – Are There Any Differences?

Do Owls Live In Wisconsin? 11 Species You Can See in WI

13 Owl Species You Can See In Arizona (Common & Rare)

Are There Any Owls Living In California? Most Common Species & How To Identify Them

Do Owls Live in Virginia? [Most Common Species You Can See]

14 Common & Rare Owls You Can See In Colorado [The Full List]

16 Types of Hummingbirds in the U.S. (That You Can Spot!)

Eagle vs Hawk vs Falcon – What are the Differences And Similarities?

Cooper’s Hawk vs Sharp-Shinned Hawk – How to Tell Them Apart?

Baby Owl – From Hatching to Adulthood

Owls in Ohio (12 Species That You Can See)

Red-tailed Hawk vs Red-shouldered Hawk – How Similar Are They?

The 12 Common and Rare Owls in Michigan (That You Can See)

The 17 Owls in Texas (Commonly Seen & Rare Birds)

The 11 Owls in Georgia That You Can See (5 Common & 4 Rare)

11 Owls in Florida That You Can Actually See (If You’re Lucky)

Boobie Family – How to Spot & Identify Them

Types of Falcons (All 6) | Field Guide For Identification

Birds With Yellow Bellies – 20 Most Beautiful Species in North America

Turkey vs Chicken – What Are The Differences?

Nightjar Family – How to Spot & Identify Them

Osprey vs Eagle – What Are The Differences?

Birds With Red Chests

Snowy Owl

15 Birds With Red Heads

Downy vs Hairy Woodpecker – How Similar Are They?

House Finch vs Purple Finch? Here’s How to Tell Them Apart

Identifying All 23 Types of Owls in U.S (With Photos)

Blackbird vs Crow – What Are The Differences?

Most Common Black And Orange Birds

Bluebird vs Blue Jay – How Different Are They?

Falcon vs Eagle – The Main Differences

13 Most Beautiful Yellow And Black Birds

12 Most Common Types of Black And Blue Birds

Falcon vs Hawk – Are These Two Similar In Some Sense?

Top 10 Most Popular Red And Black Birds

11 Types of Purple Birds

Dove vs Pigeon – What Are The Differences?

15 Most Common Brown Birds

All About Owl Legs. Strictly Useful Information

Swan vs Goose – How Similar Are These Waterfowl Species?

Goose vs Duck – What Are The Differences?

Grackle Vs Crow – What Are The Differences?

Raven or Crow? What Are The 9 Main Differences and Similarities?

Emu vs Ostrich – Main Differences Between The Two Flightless Birds

12 Different Types Of Pink Birds

Ross’s Goose

Ring-necked Duck

Redhead (Duck)

Red-throated Loon

Red-necked Grebe

Red-breasted Merganser

Pied-billed Grebe

Pacific Loon

Northern Shoveler

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Northern Pintail

Northern Hawk Owl

Mottled Duck

Mallard (Duck)

Long-tailed Duck

Long-eared Owl

Lesser Scaup

Least Grebe

King Eider

Horned Grebe (Identification with Photos)

Hooded Merganser

Harlequin Duck

Green-winged Teal

Greater White-fronted Goose

Greater Scaup

Great Horned Owl

Great Gray Owl

Fulvous Whistling-Duck

Flammulated Owl

Emperor Goose

Elf Owl

Eastern Screech-Owl

Eared Grebe

Common Merganser

Common Loon

Common Goldeneye

Common Eider

Short-eared Owl

Clark’s Grebe

Snow Goose

Cinnamon Teal

Spotted Owl

Surf Scoter


Canada Goose

Cackling Goose

Burrowing Owl


Brant (Bird)

Boreal Owl

Western Grebe

Western Meadowlark

Western Screech-Owl

White-winged Scoter

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Barrow’s Goldeneye

Barn Owl

American Wigeon (Male and Female Identification) + Lots of Photos

American Black Duck

Top 15 Owl Facts Everyone Must Know!

Comparisons: Dunlin and Stilt Sandpiper

Comparison of Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs

Comparison of Orange-crowned and Tennessee Warbler

Tufted Duck

All Three Types of Swans in United States (Identification)

Comparison of Mallard VS. Black Duck VS. Mottled Ducks

Comparison of Lesser and Greater Scaup

Steller’s Eider Identification

Spectacled Eider

Blue-winged Teal Identification

Comparing Coot vs Moorhen vs Gallinule – Differences and Similarities

Birdzilla Center for Bird Identification – Pelicans

Stiff-tailed Ducks (Birdzilla Center for Bird Identification)

Wood Stork Or Roseate Spoonbill?

Juvenile Black-Crowned Night-Heron vs. Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron

Bittern Species You Can See In The U.S. [ID Guide]

Regularly Occurring Cranes of the United States

Types of Regularly Occurring Ibis of the United States

Regularly Occurring Night-Herons of the United States

Different Types of Herons in North America

5 Egret Species You Can See In The United States

18 Types of Hawks in the United States That You Can See

27 Types of Ducks in United States

Mourning Dove vs Eurasian Collared-Dove (Differences and Similarities)

Identification of Cassin’s, House and Purple Finches

Types of White Birds: 25 Stunning and Interesting Birds

12 Different Types of Black Birds (With Photos and IDs)

20 Different Types Of Black and White Birds

Different Species of Red Birds (You Might Have Seen)

20 Types of Blue Birds With Pictures

20 Orange Birds You Can See In North America [Different Types]

26 Types of Yellow Birds With Pics & Identification

15 Types of Green Birds – The Most Flamboyant Species

Most Colorful Birds (Also Rainbow or Mixed Color Birds) in U.S

Common birds of Beaches and Shorelines

Most Popular Lake and River Birds

Birds Commonly Seen on Sides of Trees

Birds Commonly Seen in Tree Tops

Birds Commonly Seen On Ground

Birds Seen in Flight (Identifying)

Birds You Can See On Roadsides, Power Lines and Fences

Birds Often Seen at Feeders

Birds Often Seen in Open Fields

Long Legged Birds – 16 Most Common Specimen

Birds With Long Bills

Birds with Hooked Beaks

Birds With Pointed Bills (Long & Short Beaks)

What Are The Biggest Birds (By Size) ?

Medium-sized Birds

Small Birds (By Size)

Very Small Birds

ABC’s of Bird Identification – Color, Markings and Patterns

ABC’s of Bird Identification – Size

ABC’s of Bird Identification – Shape

ABC’s of Bird Identification – Habitat

ABC’s of Bird Identification – Behavior

Top 20 Common & Observed Bird Species in U.S

Name That Bird

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