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    How to Identify British Birds

    ArticleBird AdviceThursday 09 December 2010
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    How to Identify British Birds

    Bird identification is a tricky but rewarding field. There are several things which you can do to make it easier for you to identify birds.

    1. Familiarize yourself with your bird guide so that you can find relevant sections quickly when you need to.

    2. Take note of the bird’s size, shape, and specific characteristics which all help to identify it.

    3. Looks for colours and patterns which will help you identify the birds. Look specifically for patterns on the wings; it is these types of subtle differences which can help you tell the difference between two very similar birds.

    4. You should also note the bird’s movements. Some birds will hop whereas some will run or walk. Some birds will do all three. All this helps to identify the bird.

    5. Be aware of your surroundings because many birds can be grouped by their habitat. Groups include suburban gardens, costal, woodland etc.

    6. Listen to the bird’s song or call. Sometimes birds are so similar in appearance that their song is the only way to tell them apart. This is particularly vital in woodland where sometimes you will not be able to the see the birds but you will be able to hear quite a few. Birds such as pheasents have a very distinctive call however some are very similar.

    7. If you are still struggling to identify a bid it is best to take as many notes as possible and consult an expert later as they will be more experienced at bird identification therefore more likely to know some rarer breeds.

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