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Search by Color

Color is one of a bird's most obvious features. The links on the left will take you to images of some of the more commonly seen birds with a predominate color.

Despite the fact that color is perhaps the most obvious identifying characteristic of a bird, it can be a challenge ti use as an identification tool:

- Many species are more than one color.

- The color of a particular species may change based on the time of year, molting patterns, age and sex.


red-headed woodpecker

In which color group would you place this species, if you were separating birds by color?  The number of color combinations is virtually endless.  Color is an important clue but as you gain experience it will become less important for many species.  Such characteristics as size, shape and behavior will become useful identification tools.