Tips on How to Identify a Bird
Around 10000 species of birds are found all over the world, and about 1300 species are found in the Indian subcontinent.So the question is,how to identify birds?
You can easily identify birds in this four ways
- 1. Size & Shape
- 2. Color Pattern
- 3. Behavior
- 4. Habitat
But before using this keys I would like to give an advice.
Birds have a habit of not sitting in one place for long(mostly small birds).Usually when we see a new bird and go to see it, it flies away.
So if possible, always keep a camera with you, if you can't keep it, then use mobile.And set camera shortcuts in mobile.And make a habit of taking photographs so that later you can identify the bird.
Size & Shape
The size of a bird can quickly help identify the species, but how is a bird's size measured? The length of a bird is typically noted as the body length from the crown to the feet or to the tip of the tail, depending on the proportions of the bird and where the longest measurement will be when the bird is standing or perched.
with this you can identify birds better
Identification of the bird by color is the important key.
Many birds have similar shapes and sizes, but you can identify them by color
Bird species don’t just look unique, they have unique ways of acting, moving, sitting, and flying.
A bird’s habitat is often a signature of its identity. For example, you’ll usually find herons near water and you can expect to find meadowlarks in open fields. There are four broad categories of habitat: (1) woodland habitats—coniferous or deciduous trees; (2) aquatic habitats—lakes, ponds, swamps, marshes, oceans, and shorelines; (3) scrub-shrub habitats—short woody plants and bushes; and (4) open habitats—grasslands, agricultural fields, and tundra. Once you learn what kinds of birds depend on each habitat you have a quick tool to help you identify birds in the field. Join Chris Wood and Jessie Barry as they explain how being aware of habitat cues can make you a better birder.