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Top 10 Winter Bird Identification Challenges

european starling winter plumage

Can you name these birds?

These images represent 10 of the most common birds sent to us on our web site during the months of November and December, 2015.   Several are common throughout the year in the right location.  Click on the Profile link to identify it and to learn more about the species.

1. Profile

european starling winter plumage


2. Profile

american goldfinch winter plumage

3. Profile

red winged blackbird female


4. Profile

house finch female


5. Profile

purple finch female


6. Profile

brown headed cowbird female
dark eyed junco oregon


7. Profile

dark eyed junco


8. Profile

orange crowned warbler

9. Profile

carolina wren

10. Profile

northern cardinal female

About the Author

Sam Crowe

Sam is the founder of He has been birding for over 30 years and has a world list of over 2000 species. He has served as treasurer of the Texas Ornithological Society, Sanctuary Chair of Dallas Audubon, Editor of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's "All About Birds" web site and as a contributing editor for Birding Business magazine. Many of his photographs and videos can be found on the site.

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