Bird Identification

Bird Identification can seem overwhelming to a young enthusiast, but there are many resources to help classrooms develop their bird knowledge. The links below provide educators with a variety of tools, including lessons that bring the outdoors into the classroom and take the classroom outdoors. Bird identification apps will enhance investigation and observation skills all while meeting Next Generation Science Standards! Click on the links for more information on bird identification.

  • Teaching Bird ID: Planning to go birding with your students? Check out these tips for identifying what you see!
  • Which Field Guide?: Too many field guid choice? Don’t worry.  Just follow these guidelines to find the right guide for you and the youth you work with.
  • Top 10 Apps for Birding with Kids:Put the best tools for birding right in your pocket for the next time you head outside with kids!
  • Binoculars for Birding: Learn how to obtain, use, and store a fundamental tool of bird watching: binoculars.
  • Bird Academy-Sound Lessons: Check out the activities in this companion for educators wishing to use the Bird Academy’s All About Bird Song module.
  • Starting a Bird Club?: Want to start a bird club at your school? Use these helpful tips and tricks!


  1.  by  Joe Kachinski

    I have not seen one, but has someone ever created a dichotomous key to identifing birds: first, based on the habitat you’re in; ie, as an example, an area such as Ocean City, MD, oceanside or bayside; salt marsh inlet or shoreline, primarily salt water or brackish, or fresh entering into a brackish area to saltwater gut continuing to ocean. And so on, as you can get my drift. It would be nice to get a short list of possibilities right off, like a small sparrow type bird, very dark grey to black more or less uniformly, very flighty, does not linger very long in a place to be seen. Etc, etc.

  2.  by  Jerry

    I saw what looked like an Oriole in shape and size. It had a jet black head and a vivid red body.

    At first glance I thought it was a male cardinal because of it’s bright red body and wings but it’s head was solid black and had no tuft.

    In looking at it again and going through my bird guide it’s shape and size was that of a Oriole.

    Can anyone confirm that this is a possible variation or a hybrid?

    For your information the sighting was at my backyard feeder in West Springfield, Massachusetts on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 11:00 AM.

    Thank you

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