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The profiles of about 600 species are complete.  Additional profiles are being added.

The basic bird profiles were primarily written by Dan Reinking. Dan works for the George Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center and is past president of the Oklahoma Ornithological Society.

Some profiles were written and/or edited by Sam Crowe.

The Bent Life History series was originally published by the Smithsonian, from the 1920s until the 1950s.

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Hooded Pitohui – The Only Poisonous Bird In The World

Great-eared Nightjar – The Notorious Dragon Bird

Great Potoo (The Ghost Bird) – All We Know About This Bird

American Flamingo

Snowy Owl

Marbled Murrelet

Black Phoebe (Identification)

Varied Thrush

Dusky Grouse (formerly known as Blue Grouse)

Cliff Swallow

Semipalmated Plover

Sedge Wren

Seaside Sparrow

Scott’s Oriole

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Scarlet Tanager

Scaled Quail

Say’s Phoebe

Savannah Sparrow

Sandwich Tern

Sandhill Crane

Sage Thrasher


Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow

Sage Sparrow

Sabine’s Gull

Rusty Blackbird

Rufous-winged Sparrow

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous-capped Warbler

Ruffed Grouse

Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Duck

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Royal Tern

Rough-legged Hawk

Ross’s Goose

Roseate Tern

Roseate Spoonbill

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rock Sandpiper

Rock Ptarmigan

Rock Pigeon

Ring-necked Pheasant

Ring-necked Duck

Ring-Billed Gull

Redhead (Duck)

Reddish Egret

Red-winged Blackbird

Red-throated Loon

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red Phalarope

Red-necked Phalarope

Red-necked Grebe

Red-naped Sapsucker

Red Knot

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-faced Warbler

Red-eyed Vireo

Red Crossbill

Red-cockaded Woodpecker Identification & Facts

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Merganser

Red-bellied Woodpecker



Pygmy Nuthatch

Purple Sandpiper

Purple Martin – Identification, Vocalization, Food, Nesting & Eggs and more

Purple Gallinule

Purple Finch

Prothonotary Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Prairie Falcon

Plumbeous Vireo

Plain Chachalaca

Piping Plover

Pinyon Jay

Pine Warbler

Pine Siskin

Pine Grosbeak

Pileated Woodpecker (Bird)

Pigeon Guillemot

Pied-billed Grebe

Philadelphia Vireo


Peregrine Falcon

Pelagic Cormorant

Pectoral Sandpiper

Palm Warbler

Painted Redstart

Painted Bunting

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Pacific Loon

Pacific Golden-Plover



Orchard Oriole

Orange-crowned Warbler

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Oak Titmouse

Nuttall’s Woodpecker

Northwestern Crow

Northern Waterthrush

Northern Shrike

Northern Shoveler

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Northern Pintail

Northern Parula

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Hawk Owl

Northern Harrier

Northern Goshawk

Northern Gannet

Northern Fulmar

Northern Flicker

Northern Cardinal

Northern Bobwhite

Neotropic Cormorant

Nashville Warbler

Mute Swan

Mourning Warbler

Mourning Dove

Mountain Quail

Mountain Plover

Mountain Chickadee

Mountain Bluebird

Mottled Duck

Montezuma Quail

Mississippi Kite

Mexican Jay

Mew Gull


McCown’s Longspur

Masked Duck

Marsh Wren

Marbled Godwit

Mangrove Cuckoo

Mallard (Duck)

Magnolia Warbler

Magnificent Hummingbird (Also Known As Rivoli’s Hummingbird)

Magnificent Frigatebird

MacGillivray’s Warbler

Lucy’s Warbler

Lucifer Hummingbird

Louisiana Waterthrush

Long-tailed Duck

Long-eared Owl

Long-billed Dowitcher

Long-billed Curlew

Loggerhead Shrike

Little Blue Heron

Lincoln’s Sparrow

Limpkin (Identification, Range, Sound, Facts & More)

Lewis’s Woodpecker

Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Scaup

Lesser Prairie-Chicken

Lesser Goldfinch

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Least Tern

Least Sandpiper

Least Grebe

Least Flycatcher

Least Bittern

Le Conte’s Thrasher

Le Conte’s Sparrow

Lawrence’s Goldfinch

Laughing Gull

Lazuli Bunting

Lark Sparrow

Lark Bunting

Lapland Longspur

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Kirtland’s Warbler

King Rail

King Eider


Kentucky Warbler

Juniper Titmouse

Ivory-billed Woodpecker

Indigo Bunting

Inca Dove

Hutton’s Vireo

Hudsonian Godwit

House Wren

House Sparrow

House Finch

Horned Puffin

Horned Lark

Horned Grebe (Identification with Photos)

Hooded Warbler

Hooded Oriole

Hooded Merganser

Hoary Redpoll

Herring Gull

Hermit Warbler

Hermit Thrush

Hepatic Tanager

Henslow’s Sparrow

Heermann’s Gull

Harris’s Sparrow

Harris’s Hawk

Harlequin Duck

Hammond’s Flycatcher

Hairy Woodpecker


Gunnison Sage-Grouse

Gull-billed Tern

Groove-billed Ani

Green-winged Teal


Green Jay

Green Heron

Greater Yellowlegs

Greater White-fronted Goose

Greater Scaup

Greater Sage-Grouse

Greater Roadrunner

Greater Prairie-Chicken

Greater Pewee

Great-tailed Grackle

Great Kiskadee

Great Horned Owl

Great Gray Owl

Great Egret

Great Crested Flycatcher

Great Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Great Black-backed Gull

Gray Vireo

Gray Partridge

Gray Kingbird

Canada Jay (Previously Gray Jay)

Gray Flycatcher

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch

Gray-cheeked Thrush

Gray Catbird

Grasshopper Sparrow

Grace’s Warbler

Golden-winged Warbler

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Golden Eagle

Golden-crowned Warbler

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Golden-Crowned Kinglet

Golden-cheeked Warbler

Glossy Ibis

Glaucous-winged Gull

Glaucous Gull

Gilded Flicker

Gila Woodpecker

Gambel’s Quail

Gadwall (Duck)

Fulvous Whistling-Duck

Franklin’s Gull

Fox Sparrow

Forster’s Tern

Florida Scrub-Jay

Flammulated Owl

Fish Crow

Field Sparrow

Ferruginous Hawk

Evening Grosbeak

European Starling

Eurasian Wigeon

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Emperor Goose

Elf Owl

Elegant Tern

Eastern Whip-poor-will

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Screech-Owl

Eastern Phoebe – Identification & Lifecycle

Eastern Meadowlark

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Bluebird

Eared Grebe

Dusky Flycatcher


Downy Woodpecker


Double-crested Cormorant


Semipalmated Sandpiper

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Dark-eyed Junco

Curve-billed Thrasher

Crissal Thrasher

Crested Caracara

Crescent-chested Warbler

Couch’s Kingbird

Costa’s Hummingbird

Cordilleran Flycatcher

Cooper’s Hawk – Interesting Facts & Identification

Connecticut Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Common Tern

Common Redpoll

Common Poorwill

Common Pauraque

Common Nighthawk (Bird)

Common Murre

Common Merganser

Common Loon

Common Ground-Dove

Common Grackle

Common Goldeneye

Common Gallinule

Common Eider

Colima Warbler

Clay-colored Sparrow

Clark’s Nutcracker

Sharp-tailed Grouse

Short-billed Dowitcher

Short-eared Owl

Clark’s Grebe

Slate-throated Redstart

Smith’s Longspur

Smooth-billed Ani

Snail Kite

Clapper Rail

Snow Bunting

Snow Goose

Snowy Egret

Cinnamon Teal


Snowy Plover

Solitary Sandpiper

Song Sparrow


Sooty Grouse

Chipping Sparrow

Chimney Swift

Chihuahuan Raven

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Chestnut-collared Longspur


Spotted Owl

Spotted Sandpiper

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Cerulean Warbler

Spotted Towhee

Spruce Grouse

Sprague’s Pipit

Cedar Waxwing

Steller’s Jay

Cave Swallow

Stilt Sandpiper

Summer Tanager

Surf Scoter


Swainson’s Hawk

Swainson’s Thrush

Swainson’s Warbler

Swallow-tailed Kite

Cattle Egret

Cassin’s Vireo

Swamp Sparrow

Zone-tailed Hawk

Tennessee Warbler

Thick-billed Murre

Townsend’s Solitaire

Cassin’s Sparrow

Townsend’s Warbler

Tree Swallow

Cassin’s Kingbird

Tricolored Heron

Tropical Kingbird

Cassin’s Finch

Trumpeter Swan

Tufted Puffin

Tufted Titmouse (Bird)

Cassin’s Auklet

Tundra Swan

Turkey Vulture

Caspian Tern

Upland Sandpiper

Varied Bunting

Carolina Wren

Carolina Chickadee

Vaux’s Swift



Cape May Warbler

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vesper Sparrow

Canyon Wren

Canyon Towhee


Canada Warbler

Canada Goose

Calliope Hummingbird

California Towhee

California Thrasher

California Quail

California Gull

California Condor

Cactus Wren

Cackling Goose


Burrowing Owl

Bullock’s Oriole


Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Buff-breasted Flycatcher

Buff-bellied Hummingbird

Brown Thrasher

Brown Pelican

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Brown-headed Cowbird

Brown Creeper

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch

Brown Booby

Bronzed Cowbird

Broad-winged Hawk

Broad-Tailed Hummingbird

Broad-billed Hummingbird

Bridled Titmouse

Brewer’s Sparrow

Brewer’s Blackbird

Brant (Bird)

Brandt’s Cormorant

Botteri’s Sparrow

Boreal Owl

Boreal Chickadee

Bonaparte’s Gull

Bohemian Waxwing


Boat-tailed Grackle

Blue-winged Warbler

Blue-winged Teal

Blue-throated Hummingbird

Blue Jay

Blue-headed Vireo

Blue Grosbeak Identification

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-footed Booby

Violet-green Swallow

Virginia Rail

Virginia’s Warbler

Warbling Vireo

Western Bluebird

Western Grebe

Western Gull

Blackpoll Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Western Kingbird

Black Vulture

Western Meadowlark

Black Turnstone

Western Sandpiper

Western Screech-Owl

Western Tanager

Black-throated Sparrow

Western Wood-Pewee


White-breasted Nuthatch

White-crowned Pigeon

Black-throated Green Warbler

Black-throated Gray Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

White-crowned Sparrow

Black Tern

White-eyed Vireo

White-faced Ibis

Black Swift

Black Skimmer

White-headed Woodpecker

White Ibis

Black Scoter

Black Rosy-Finch

White-rumped Sandpiper

White-tailed Hawk

White-tailed Kite

White-tailed Ptarmigan

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Swift

White-tipped Dove

White-winged Crossbill

White-winged Dove

White-winged Scoter

Whooping Crane

Wild Turkey


Williamson’s Sapsucker

Willow Flycatcher

Willow Ptarmigan

Wilson’s Phalarope

Wilson’s Plover

Wilson’s Snipe

Wilson’s Warbler

Winter Wren

Wood Duck

Wood Stork

Wood Thrush

Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay

Black Rail

Black Oystercatcher

Worm-eating Warbler

Black-necked Stilt


Black-legged Kittiwake

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Black-headed Grosbeak

Black Guillemot

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Yellow-billed Magpie

Yellow-breasted Chat

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Yellow-Headed Blackbird

Yellow Rail

Black-footed Albatross

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-crested Titmouse

Yellow-throated Vireo

Yellow-throated Warbler

Black-chinned Sparrow

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Black-capped Vireo

Black-billed Magpie

Yellow Warbler

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-billed Cuckoo

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Black-bellied Plover

Black-Backed Woodpecker

Black-and-white Warbler

Bewick’s Wren

Bendire’s Thrasher

Belted Kingfisher

Bell’s Vireo

Bay-breasted Warbler

Barrow’s Goldeneye

Barred Owl

Barn Swallow

Barn Owl

Bank Swallow

Band-tailed Pigeon

Baltimore Oriole (ID, Facts & Pictures)

Bald Eagle (All You Need To Know)

Baird’s Sparrow

Baird’s Sandpiper

Bachman’s Sparrow

Audubon’s Oriole

Atlantic Puffin

Ash-Throated Flycatcher

Arizona Woodpecker

Arctic Tern


American Woodcock

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

American White Pelican

American Tree Sparrows

American Three-toed Woodpecker

American Robin

American Redstart

American Pipit

American Oystercatcher

American Kestrel

American Goldfinch

American Golden-Plover

American Dipper

American Crow

American Coot

American Black Duck

Allen’s Hummingbird

Alder Flycatcher

American Bittern

American Avocet

Altamira Oriole

Acorn Woodpecker

Acadian Flycatcher

Abert’s Towhee

Anna’s Hummingbird

Common Raven

Tufted Duck

Steller’s Eider Identification

Spectacled Eider

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