ABC’s of Bird Identification – Habitat
Where a bird is seen is often a very good clue to its identity. The old saying that someone in an unfamiliar situation is like a duck out of water reflects the well-known habitat preference of ducks. Other species also show strong preferences for a particular habitat or location.
Some common habitats include.
- Open fields
Different species have adapted to the different habitats, including adaptations for nesting and food gathering.
The Belted Kingfisher feeds by diving into the water to capture a small fish. It is seldom seen far from water, its preferred habitat.
Many and maybe even most bird species have a preferred comfort zone. A backyard might not qualify as a specific habitat in broad terms, but the preferences of certain species are often easy to observe. White-throated Sparrows prefer feeding on the ground, woodpeckers on the side of trees and a Great Crested Flycatcher will most often be seen hanging out near the middle or top of a tree. The clues you pick up in your own back yard will help you identify more birds as you expand your birding efforts.