Color is one of a bird’s most obvious features. The links on the right will take you to images and descriptions of some of the more commonly seen birds with a predominant color.
Despite the fact that color is perhaps the most obvious identifying characteristic of a bird, it can be a challenge to 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.
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.
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