Identifying birds by colour

Most birds have only one or two colours. However, it is also important to observe the colour of their feet, legs, and bill. These could be a better identification clue. Observe if there is white colouring on the ends of its tail or if it has white wingtips. There are also other significant identification clues. If you don’t know where to begin, the information below discusses some of the common birds that mostly have only one colour.

Some examples of red birds include Northern Cardinal, Scarlet Tanager, Summer Tanager, Vermilion Flycatcher, House Finch, Purple Finch, Red Crossbill, and American Robin (on breast). Birds with red around the head and throat can be classified as red-headed woodpecker, ruby-throated hummingbird, and rose-breasted grosbeak.

Birds with blue colours can be categorised as Little Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Eastern Bluebird, Western Bluebird, Mountain Bluebird, Blue Jay, Stellar’s Jay, Western Scrub-Jay, Florida Scrub-Jay, Black-throated, Pinyon Jay, ue Warbler, Barn Swallow, Indigo Bunting, Lazuli Bunting, and Blue Grosbeak. On the other hand, birds with blue-purple colours and glossy feathers can be Tree Swallow, Purple Martin, Violet-green Swallow, Common Grackle, Boat-tailed Grackle, and Great-tailed Grackle.

Yellow birds include American Goldfinch, Lesser Goldfinch, Evening Grosbeak, Scott’s Oriole, Hooded Oriole, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Eastern Meadowlark, Western Tanager, Yellow Warbler, Wilson’s warbler, and Orange-crowned Warbler.

If the bird has a black colour it can be a Double-crested Cormorant, Anhinga, American Crow, Fish Crow, Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, European Starling, Brewer’s Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, and a Red-winged Blackbird.

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