Bird Identification

Show me your I.D. please

Many people enjoy watching birds, and it's more fun when you can confidently identify the birds, and keep track of the species with a list.
Birds of Hot Springs Village - Download

There are numerous resources available to hone your bird identification skills, including tried-and-true field guides, workshops and
more recently the Audubon award-winning mobile field app 
- always at your fingertips and FREE.

LOCAL  workshop 

HSV Audubon offers an annual workshop that is an introduction to bird identification.

Each year a four-session birding workshop is held at the Coronado Center on the first four Tuesday mornings in March. Typically the workshops begin at 8:30 and lasts until around 11:30.

The workshops show more than how to identify birds, and they also discuss bird field guides (books) and how to purchase and correctly adjust binoculars. There are also discussions about how to attract birds to your back yard using the right bird foods and feeders. Each workshop will consist of both classroom and outdoor sessions.

Watch for upcoming workshops on our Events Calendar.

Although attending all the workshops is certainly desirable, each session is basically independent of the others, so information presented in any of the workshops is beneficial whether or not all the other workshops are attended.


RESOURCES

Audubon Guide to North American Birds

Audubon Bird Guide App

Merlin Bird ID - Instant Bird Identification Help for 1,500+ North American and European Birds

Birds of Hot Springs Village Checklist

Audubon Tips to ID that bird

 

Bird I.D. Basics

Dr Dan Scheiman, Director of Bird Conservation, Audubon Arkansas.

Dr Dan Scheiman, Director of Bird Conservation, Audubon Arkansas.

Dr. Dan Scheiman, Director of Bird Conservation at Audubon Arkansas, has prepared a number of documents to help with identification of several groups of birds, see below.

The Bird Identification Sequence Diagram provides a roadmap for identification using:

  • size
  • beak
  • color
  • breast feathers
  • other bird characteristics

The Roadside Silhouettes below shows 28 different bird silhouettes to help with identification.

Unlike field guides which give all of the birds of the Eastern United States, Dan's documents include only Arkansas birds. For instance, if you think you see a specific sparrow, but do not find that species on Dan's list, you are unlikely to see it in Arkansas.

Thanks to Dan for sharing these useful identification guides with us!

Bird Identification Sequence Diagram

Size
Tiny
Small
Medium
Large
Very Large

Consider
Hummingbird, Kinglet
Warblers, Sparrows, Wren
Flycatcher, Thrushes, Finches
Jay, Woodpeckers, Grackles
Crow, Hawks, Owls, Ducks

Beak
Narrow, Sharp
Bold, heavy
Curved
Very long, sharp
Flat

Food
Insect eaters
Seed eaters
Predators
Predators
Waterfowl

Consider
Warblers, Bluebird
Cardinal, Sparrows
Hawks, Owls, Eagles
Herons, Kingfisher
Ducks, Geese

Color Predominant
Yellow
Blue
Red
Black
Grey
Brown

Consider
Finches
Jay, Bunting
Cardinal, Tanager
Crow, Grackels
Warblers, Flycatchers
Sparrows, Hawks, Wren

Consider
Sparrows, Warblers, Vireos
Sparrows, Warblers
Thrush, Thrasher

Breast Feathers  
Solid
Striped
Spotted

Consider
Pine Warbler
Red Wing Blackbird
Yellow Rump Warbler
Red-tailed Hawk

Other
Wing Bars
Wing Patches
Rump Patches
Tail Pattern


Cardinal, Titmouse, Cedar Waxwing
Kinglet, Sparrows
Carolina Wren, Sparrows, Vireos
Thrush, Kinglet
Vireo, Junco

Head:  
Crown
Crown Stripe
Eye Stripe
Eye Ring
Eye Color


Feel free to print these diagrams for field reference: