Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Bird Identification Websites

Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) is one of my favorite birds of all time (North America).

Just a quick reference for websites I use to help identify birds. These are great tools when you have identified a few characteristics, but you either don't have the references or time to page through a bunch of bird guide books.

The Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) is another of my North American favorites.

For Birds of North America:
WhatBird.com (scroll down to the "attributes" section): http://identify.whatbird.com/mwg/_/0/attrs.aspx

AllAboutBirds.org (from Cornell's Lab of Ornithology):
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/browse.aspx

The Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris) is sadly still on my bucket list of birds (N. America).


For Birds of the United Kingdom:
RSPB's Bird Identifier (The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds): http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdidentifier/form.aspx

For Birds of Europe:
AskSurfBirds: http://www.surfbirds.com/asksurfbirds/askbelgium.html

For Birds in Australia:
BirdsInBackyards.net: http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/finder


The Lilac Breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus) may be my favorite bird in Africa (so far).

For Birds in Africa:
I haven't found a good identification guide yet. If you see one that is similar to the ones above, please let me know.

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