Visual Key for Bird Identification

Start | Waterfowl | Predatory | Upland | Perching | Song

What silhouette best fits the
bird you want to identify?
Perching & Tree-clinging
Flickers & Sapsuckers
Swifts & Hummingbirds

Since birds are not usually in hand when identifying, our identification key are based on visual cues. Often birds are seen with binoculars or with the naked eye, and only a fleeting glimpse is available. Using this key will give you some practice in using visual cues to identify birds, but may give a false sense of security in the ability to identify birds.

Page by Ean Harker & Mike Legler ©2001.