Learn About Birds

We hope the Great Backyard Bird Count whets your appetite for more knowledge about birds. Here are two great online guides that will help, with images, range maps, sounds, and more:

All About Birds Online Bird Guide from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Audubon Guide to North American Birds from the National Audubon Society

Neotropical Birds Online

More help with specific ID challenges:

Which Red Finch is It?
The identification of these three finches of the Carpodacus genus can be extremely difficult. Each species is about the same size and shape, each is colored red with varying degrees of brown streaking, and each is common to feeder areas.

Is it a Black-capped or Carolina Chickadee?
The Black-capped Chickadee and Carolina Chickadee can be confusing species for eastern bird watchers to identify. Learn where the species are found and how to distinguish between them.

Identifying Doves
The half-dozen most common doves in North America have a certain sameness about them–these tips may help you distinguish one from another.

Identifying Some Common Sparrows
Learn the distinguishing characteristics of some of the “little brown birds” that give us so many ID challenges!

Woodpeckers With Red Heads
Learn to distinguish flickers, sapsuckers, and other species of woodpecker.

Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers
Once you know what to look for, you’ll find it easier to tell these two species apart!

Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned Hawks
When you’re trying to tell the difference between Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned Hawks, size matters!