A Birdwatcher’s Field Guide: Perching Birds

What is a Field Guide?

An essential step to becoming a birder is possessing a good field guide.  A Field guide provides a collection of images, descriptive text, and range maps that helps a bird watcher identify birds. Birds have field marks (physical traits such as markings, shape, color) that are unique.  These field marks, along with other clues such as distribution, voice, and behavior, help a bird watcher identify the birds he or she sees.

To fully enjoy birdwatching, get yourself a field guide. Here is how it works:

  • See a bird.
  • Locate it in the binoculars.
  • Observe for field marks and other clues.
  • Watch it a little longer, especially if it’s an unfamiliar species.
  • Attempt to determine what type of bird it is: hawk, duck, heron, warbler, finch, etc.
  • THEN reach for the field guide and find the matching species

 

Perching Birds

These birds occur in a greater variety of habitats and show a greater variety of patterns and colors. They can range in size from the three- or four-inch hummingbirds and kinglets, to the large crows and ravens. This vast group includes almost all of the songbirds, cuckoos, kingfishers and hummingbirds, which, while not related, resemble songbirds. (See: The Audubon Field Guide to North American Birds, Eastern Region)

 

Northern Mocking Bird, photo by Marcia Verleta.

Northern Mocking Bird, photo by Marcia Verleta.

See: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Caribbean Dove, photo by Tony Hepburn.

Caribbean Dove, photo by Tony Hepburn.

See: Beauty of Birds

 

BLACKPOLL WARBLER Photo by:Tony Hepburn

BLACKPOLL WARBLER Photo by:Tony Hepburn

See: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

 

Palm Warbler, photo by Tony Hepburn. r

Palm Warbler, photo by Tony Hepburn.

See: The Cornell Lab of Orinthology

 

Bobolink, photo by Tony Hepburn.

Bobolink, photo by Tony Hepburn.

See: Beauty of Birds

 

See: The Cornell Lab of Orinithology

 

Green Heron, photo by Livvy Catherine

Green Heron, photo by Livvy Catherine

See: Audubon

Worm-eating-Warbler, by Livvy Catherine

Worm-eating-Warbler, by Livvy Catherine

See: Audubon

Smooth-billed Ani, photo by Marcia Verleta.

Smooth-billed Ani, photo by Marcia Verleta.

See: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Eurasian Collared-Dove, by Marcia Verleta

Eurasian Collared-Dove, by Marcia Verleta

See: Audubon

 

White-crowned Pigeon, photo by Marcia Verleta

White-crowned Pigeon, photo by Marcia Verleta

See: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

 

American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos, Photo by Marcia Verleta

American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos, Photo by Marcia Verleta

See: Audubon

 

 

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