Birds of North America

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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. Old World Sparrows (Passeridae)                     2

  11. 792.House Sparrow

  12. 793.Eurasian Tree Sparrow


  1. Wagtails and Pipits (Motacillidae)                     3


  1. 794.Eastern Yellow Wagtail

  2. 795.Citrine Wagtail

  3. 796.Gray Wagtail

  4. 797.White Wagtail

  5. 798.Tree Pipit

  6. 799.Olive-backed Pipit

  7. 800.Pechora Pipit

  8. 801.Red-throated Pipit

  9. 802.American Pipit

  10. 803.Sprague's Pipit


  1. Fringilline and Cardueline Finches and Allies (Fringillidae)                                                        9


  1. 804.Common Chaffinch

  2. 805.Brambling

  3. 806.Asian Rosy-Finch

  4. 807.Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch

  5. 808.Black Rosy-Finch

  6. 809.Brown-capped Rosy-Finch

  7. 810.Pine Grosbeak

  8. 811.Eurasian Bullfinch

  9. 812.Common Rosefinch

  10. 813.Pallas's Rosefinch

  11. 814.House Finch

  12. 815.Purple Finch

  13. 816.Cassin's Finch

  14. 817.Red Crossbill

  15. 818.White-winged Crossbill

  16. 819.Common Redpoll

  17. 820.Hoary Redpoll

  18. 821.Eurasian Siskin

  19. 822.Pine Siskin

  20. 823.Lesser Goldfinch

  21. 824.Lawrence's Goldfinch

  22. 825.American Goldfinch

  23. 826.Oriental Greenfinch

  24. 827.Evening Grosbeak

  25. 828.Hawfinch


  1. Longspurs and Snow Buntings (Calcariidae)


  1. 829.Lapland Longspur

  2. 830.Chestnut-collared Longspur

  3. 831.Smith's Longspur

  4. 832.McCown's Longspur

  5. 833.Snow Bunting

  6. 834.McKay's Bunting


  1. Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)                              31


  1. 835.Ovenbird

  2. 836.Worm-eating Warbler

  3. 837.Louisiana Waterthrush

  4. 838.Northern Waterthrush

  5. 839.Bachman's Warbler

  6. 840.Golden-winged Warbler

  7. 841.Blue-winged Warbler

  8. 842.Black-and-white Warbler

  9. 843.Prothonotary Warbler

  10. 844.Swainson's Warbler

  11. 845.Crescent-chested Warbler

  12. 846.Tennessee Warbler

  13. 847.Orange-crowned Warbler

  14. 848.Colima Warbler

  15. 849.Lucy's Warbler

  16. 850.Nashville Warbler

  17. 851.Virginia's Warbler

  18. 852.Connecticut Warbler

  19. 853.Gray-crowned Yellowthroat

  20. 854.MacGillivray's Warbler

  21. 855.Mourning Warbler

  22. 856.Kentucky Warbler

  23. 857.Common Yellowthroat

  24. 858.Hooded Warbler

  25. 859.American Redstart

  26. 860.Kirtland's Warbler

  27. 861.Cape May Warbler

  28. 862.Cerulean Warbler

  29. 863.Northern Parula

  30. 864.Tropical Parula

  31. 865.Magnolia Warbler

  32. 866.Bay-breasted Warbler

  33. 867.Blackburnian Warbler

  34. 868.Yellow Warbler

  35. 869.Chestnut-sided Warbler

  36. 870.Blackpoll Warbler

  37. 871.Black-throated Blue Warbler

  38. 872.Palm Warbler

  39. 873.Pine Warbler

  40. 874.Yellow-rumped Warbler

  41. 875.Yellow-throated Warbler

  42. 876.Prairie Warbler

  43. 877.Grace's Warbler

  44. 878.Black-throated Gray Warbler

  45. 879.Townsend's Warbler

  46. 880.Hermit Warbler

  47. 881.Golden-cheeked Warbler

  48. 882.Black-throated Green Warbler

  49. 883.Fan-tailed Warbler

  50. 884.Rufous-capped Warbler

  51. 885.Golden-crowned Warbler

  52. 886.Canada Warbler

  53. 887.Wilson's Warbler

  54. 888.Red-faced Warbler

  55. 889.Painted Redstart

  56. 890.Slate-throated Redstart

  57. 891.Yellow-breasted Chat


  1. Spindalises (incertae sedis)                             1

  2. 892.Western Spindalis


  1. Tanagers (Thraupidae)                                      3


  1. 893.Red-legged Honeycreeper

  2. 894.Bananaquit

  3. 895.Yellow-faced Grassquit

  4. 896.Black-faced Grassquit

  5. 897.White-collared Seedeater


  1. Emberizids (Emberizidae)                                27


  1. 898.Olive Sparrow

  2. 899.Green-tailed Towhee

  3. 900.Spotted Towhee

  4. 901.Eastern Towhee

  5. 902.Rufous-crowned Sparrow

  6. 903.Canyon Towhee

  7. 904.California Towhee

  8. 905.Abert's Towhee

  9. 906.Rufous-winged Sparrow

  10. 907.Botteri's Sparrow

  11. 908.Cassin's Sparrow

  12. 909.Bachman's Sparrow

  13. 910.American Tree Sparrow

  14. 911.Chipping Sparrow

  15. 912.Clay-colored Sparrow

  16. 913.Brewer's Sparrow

  17. 914.Field Sparrow

  18. 915.Worthen's Sparrow

  19. 916.Black-chinned Sparrow

  20. 917.Vesper Sparrow

  21. 918.Lark Sparrow

  22. 919.Five-striped Sparrow

  23. 920.Black-throated Sparrow

  24. 921.Sagebrush Sparrow

  25. 922.Bell's Sparrow

  26. 923.Lark Bunting

  27. 924.Savannah Sparrow

  28. 925.Grasshopper Sparrow

  29. 926.Baird's Sparrow

  30. 927.Henslow's Sparrow

  31. 928.Le Conte's Sparrow

  32. 929.Nelson's Sparrow

  33. 930.Saltmarsh Sparrow

  34. 931.Seaside Sparrow

  35. 932.Fox Sparrow

  36. 933.Lincoln's Sparrow

  37. 934.Song Sparrow

  38. 935.Swamp Sparrow

  39. 936.White-throated Sparrow

  40. 937.Harris's Sparrow

  41. 938.White-crowned Sparrow

  42. 939.Golden-crowned Sparrow

  43. 940.Dark-eyed Junco

  44. 941.Yellow-eyed Junco

  45. 942.Pine Bunting

  46. 943.Yellow-browed Bunting

  47. 944.Little Bunting

  48. 945.Rustic Bunting

  49. 946.Yellow-throated Bunting

  50. 947.Yellow-breasted Bunting

  51. 948.Gray Bunting

  52. 949.Pallas's Bunting

  53. 950.Reed Bunting


  1. Cardinals, Piranga Tanagers and Allies (Cardinalidae)                                                     9


  1. 951.Hepatic Tanager

  2. 952.Summer Tanager

  3. 953.Scarlet Tanager

  4. 954.Western Tanager

  5. 955.Flame-colored Tanager

  6. 956.Crimson-collared Grosbeak

  7. 957.Yellow Grosbeak

  8. 958.Northern Cardinal

  9. 959.Pyrrhuloxia

  10. 960.Yellow Grosbeak

  11. 961.Rose-breasted Grosbeak

  12. 962.Black-headed Grosbeak

  13. 963.Blue Bunting

  14. 964.Blue Grosbeak

  15. 965.Lazuli Bunting

  16. 966.Indigo Bunting

  17. 967.Varied Bunting

  18. 968.Painted Bunting

  19. 969.Dickcissel


  1. Blackbirds (Icteridae)                                       15


  2. 970.Bobolink

  3. 971.Red-winged Blackbird

  4. 972.Tricolored Blackbird

  5. 973.Tawny-shouldered Blackbird

  6. 974.Eastern Meadowlark

  7. 975.Western Meadowlark

  8. 976.Yellow-headed Blackbird

  9. 977.Rusty Blackbird

  10. 978.Brewer's Blackbird

  11. 979.Common Grackle

  12. 980.Boat-tailed Grackle

  13. 981.Great-tailed Grackle

  14. 982.Shiny Cowbird

  15. 983.Bronzed Cowbird

  16. 984.Brown-headed Cowbird

  17. 985.Black-vented Oriole

  18. 986.Orchard Oriole

  19. 987.Hooded Oriole

  20. 988.Streak-backed Oriole

  21. 989.Bullock's Oriole

  22. 990.Spot-breasted Oriole

  23. 991.Altamira Oriole

  24. 992.Audubon's Oriole

  25. 993.Baltimore Oriole

  26. 994.Scott's Oriole


THIS IS VOLUME 5

 

"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. 5

This is Volume 5

Old World Sparrows - Blackbirds

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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