Birds of North America

Unless otherwise noted, all photography and text on this page © Richard Wolfert, 2004-2017.

Bird & Birding Resources

A Photographic Field Guide to the

  1. A photographic field guide to to

  2. The Birds of North America


  3. This is a list of all 993 North American species (broken down into 88 groups) recognized and prepared by the ABA Version 7.9.0 - 7/12/2016 posting. Quite a few of the birds listed are exceedingly rare (accidentals or strays due to weather, faulty navigation or health) but have been confirmed by the ABA’s Rare Bird Committee.


  4. — All photos © Richard Wolfert, 2017. —

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  6. Not all species seen are represented by photos, but I’m trying. Also, photos are NOT to scale.

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  8. A GREEN LINED entry, below, indicates a photo is present on the right.


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  10. Ducks, Geese, and Swans (Anatidae)              45


  1. 1.Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

  2. 2.Fulvous Whistling-Duck

  3. 3.Taiga Bean-Goose

  4. 4.Tundra Bean-Goose

  5. 5.Pink-footed Goose

  6. 6.Greater White-fronted Goose

  7. 7.Lesser White-fronted Goose

  8. 8.Graylag Goose

  9. 9.Emperor Goose

  10. 10.Snow Goose

  11. 11.Ross's Goose

  12. 12.Brant

  13. 13.Barnacle Goose

  14. 14.Cackling Goose

  15. 15.Canada Goose

  16. 16.Mute Swan

  17. 17.Trumpeter Swan

  18. 18.Tundra Swan

  19. 19.Whooper Swan

  20. 20.Egyptian Goose

  21. 21.Muscovy Duck

  22. 22.Wood Duck

  23. 23.Gadwall

  24. 24.Falcated Duck

  25. 25.Eurasian Wigeon

  26. 26.American Wigeon

  27. 27.American Black Duck

  28. 28.Mallard

  29. 29.Mottled Duck

  30. 30.Eastern Spot-billed Duck

  31. 31.Blue-winged Teal

  32. 32.Cinnamon Teal

  33. 33.Northern Shoveler

  34. 34.White-cheeked Pintail

  35. 35.Northern Pintail

  36. 36.Garganey

  37. 37.Baikal Teal

  38. 38.Green-winged Teal

  39. 39.Canvasback

  40. 40.Common Pochard

  41. 41.Ring-necked Duck

  42. 42.Tufted Duck

  43. 43.Greater Scaup

  44. 44.Lesser Scaup

  45. 45.Steller's Eider

  46. 46.Spectacled Eider

  47. 47.King Eider

  48. 48.Common Eider

  49. 49.Harlequin Duck

  50. 50.Labrador Duck

  51. 51.Surf Scoter

  52. 52.White-winged Scoter

  53. 53.Common Scoter

  54. 54.Black Scoter

  55. 55.Long-tailed Duck

  56. 56.Bufflehead

  57. 57.Common Goldeneye

  58. 58.Barrow's Goldeneye

  59. 59.Smew

  60. 60.Hooded Merganser

  61. 61.Common Merganser

  62. 62.Red-breasted Merganser

  63. 63.Masked Duck

  64. 64.Ruddy Duck

  65. Curassows and Guans (Cracidae)                     1


  1. 65.Plain Chachalaca


  1. New World Quail (Odontophoridae)                  2


  1. 66.Mountain Quail

  2. 67.Northern Bobwhite

  3. 68.Scaled Quail

  4. 69.California Quail

  5. 70.Gambel's Quail

  6. 71.Montezuma Quail


  1. Partridges, Grouse, Turkeys, and Old World Quail (Phasianidae)                                            2

  2. 72.Chukar

  3. 73.Himalayan Snowcock

  4. 74.Gray Partridge

  5. 75.Ring-necked Pheasant

  6. 76.Ruffed Grouse

  7. 77.Greater Sage-Grouse

  8. 78.Gunnison Sage-Grouse

  9. 79.Spruce Grouse

  10. 80.Willow Ptarmigan

  11. 81.Rock Ptarmigan

  12. 82.White-tailed Ptarmigan

  13. 83.Dusky Grouse

  14. 84.Sooty Grouse

  15. 85.Sharp-tailed Grouse

  16. 86.Greater Prairie-Chicken

  17. 87.Lesser Prairie-Chicken

  18. 88.Wild Turkey


  1. Flamingos (Phoenicopteridae)


  1. 89.American Flamingo


  1. Grebes (Podicipedidae)                                      6


  1. 90.Least Grebe

  2. 91.Pied-billed Grebe

  3. 92.Horned Grebe

  4. 93.Red-necked Grebe

  5. 94.Eared Grebe

  6. 95.Western Grebe

  7. 96.Clark's Grebe


  1. Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)                   12


  1. 97.Rock Pigeon

  2. 98.Scaly-naped Pigeon

  3. 99.White-crowned Pigeon

  4. 100.Red-billed Pigeon

  5. 101.Band-tailed Pigeon

  6. 102.Oriental Turtle-Dove

  7. 103.European Turtle-Dove

  8. 104.Eurasian Collared-Dove

  9. 105.Spotted Dove

  10. 106.Passenger Pigeon

  11. 107.Inca Dove

  12. 108.Common Ground-Dove

  13. 109.Ruddy Ground-Dove

  14. 110.Ruddy Quail-Dove

  15. 111.Key West Quail-Dove

  16. 112.White-tipped Dove

  17. 113.White-winged Dove

  18. 114.Zenaida Dove

  19. 115.Mourning Dove


  1. Cuckoos, Roadrunners, and Anis (Cuculidae)   5


  1. 116.Common Cuckoo

  2. 117.Oriental Cuckoo

  3. 118.Yellow-billed Cuckoo

  4. 119.Mangrove Cuckoo

  5. 120.Black-billed Cuckoo

  6. 121.Greater Roadrunner

  7. 122.Smooth-billed Ani

  8. 123.Groove-billed Ani


  1. Goatsuckers (Caprimulgidae)                           2


  1. 124.Lesser Nighthawk

  2. 125.Common Nighthawk

  3. 126.Antillean Nighthawk

  4. 127.Common Pauraque

  5. 128.Common Poorwill

  6. 129.Chuck-will’s Widow

  7. 130.Buff-collared Nightjar

  8. 131.Eastern Whip-poor-will

  9. 132.Mexican Whip-poor-will

  10. 133.Gray Nightjar


  1. Swifts (Apodidae)                                               1


  1. 134.Black Swift

  2. 135.White-collared Swift

  3. 136.Chimney Swift

  4. 137.Vaux's Swift

  5. 138.White-throated Needletail

  6. 139.Common Swift

  7. 140.Fork-tailed Swift

  8. 141.White-throated Swift

  9. 142.Antillean Palm-Swift


  1. Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)                              6


  1. 143.Mexican Violetear

  2. 144.Green-breasted Mango

  3. 145.Magnificent Hummingbird

  4. 146.Plain-capped Starthroat

  5. 147.Blue-throated Hummingbird

  6. 148.Bahama Woodstar

  7. 149.Lucifer Hummingbird

  8. 150.Ruby-throated Hummingbird

  9. 151.Black-chinned Hummingbird

  10. 152.Anna's Hummingbird

  11. 153.Costa's Hummingbird

  12. 154.Bumblebee Hummingbird

  13. 155.Broad-tailed Hummingbird

  14. 156.Rufous Hummingbird

  15. 157.Allen's Hummingbird

  16. 158.Calliope Hummingbird

  17. 159.Broad-billed Hummingbird

  18. 160.Berylline Hummingbird

  19. 161.Buff-bellied Hummingbird

  20. 162.Cinnamon Hummingbird

  21. 163.Violet-crowned Hummingbird

  22. 164.White-eared Hummingbird

  23. 165.Xantus's Hummingbird


THIS IS VOLUME 1

 

"I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven."                                                                                                                                   Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)


Everyone likes birds. What wild creature is more accessible to our eyes and ears, as close to us and everyone in the world, as universal as a bird?                               Sir David Attenborough


There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.                                        Robert Lynd (1879 - 1949)

Vol. 1

This is Volume 1

Geese - Coots

This Photographic Field guide to the Birds of North America is as complete as I can make it at the moment.


Some of the photos are crisp and wonderfully diagnostic. Others are fair to poor but show something that may aid in identification. As better photos are taken they will replace those that are sub-par. Some species may be missing for a variety of reasons: 1) I saw it before I had reasonable photographic capabilities (1980’s). 2) I have shots but they are too poor to include here. 3-) I saw/heard the bird but never got a photo of it. We all know how this works. I usually try to max out at 4 photos per species (when they are available), but several warranted 5 due to age and sex differences, time of year, and lighting.


The numbers next to each bird species (below and to the left) ‘should’ correspond to the number included with each bird photo. If there are errors (due to adding a species somewhere in the middle) the numbers may be wrong. There could also be typos. Please let me know by clicking HERE to email me. Numbers with a GREEN background are already included.


A very large portion of the birds are from NJ where we lived for 30+ years. Increasingly, I will be adding photos from the U.S. south, particularly in and around Georgia, where we spend a good deal of time. Some photos on this, North American List, are from beyond North America.


I hope you find this useful and thank you for your interest.

Rich Wolfert

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