BIRD IDENTIFICATION TIPS
Simplified Identification for Long Island Birds
Birds on these pages are grouped by category, and identification is made simple by use of snapshot photographs.  Find the bird by photo first, then click for more information on each. 
GENERAL ID TIPS:
Field Marks:
Look and remember!

   
Color
     Size
     Wing Bars
     Bill size & shape
     Chest streaking
     Eye ring/stripes
     Head markings
     Tail   

Behavior Is Important too:
    
Feeding Behavior
           Ground Feeder, Insect catching?
      Any tail bobbing/wagging?
      Appear shy/bold?
      Slow/Fast moving?


Notice Habitat:
    
Fields, woods, marsh?
     High in trees, low in shrubs?

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Links to Bird
Identification Sites


  
ID By Bird Name/Category

  
ID By Question

  
Egg Identification

  
Specifically Hawks

  
Cornell Bird ID

   Bird Songs
    
By Bird Name
    
Some NYS Birds
    
Help IDing Song       

DUCKS/LOONS/GREBES (click)
There are 3 types of Ducks
   (all found on Long Island):
        Puddle/Dabbling Ducks
        Diving Ducks
        Sea Ducks
Also Loons & Grebes
(click here for quick photo identifications)


BIRDS OF PREY (click)
Types of Raptors found on Long Island:
     Hawks
     Owls
     Falcons
     Eagles/Osprey/Harrier
(click here for photo identifications)
click for larger image -  Photo by Dianne
Duck Butts - Can you ID the ducks??
click for larger image - photo by Nancy of Northport
Tips on Purple & House Finch ID
Quick ID tips:  A male House Finch's head has a reddish to orange eyebrow and forehead, contrasting with a brown cap, and a brown ear patch.....a male Purple Finch has an all over raspberry-red colored head, with a lighter pinkish eyebrow, raspberry cap, and dark brown/raspberry ear patch.  A female House finch has no face markings, and thin breast streaks....a female Purple Finch has a broad whitish eyebrow, and heavy breast streaks.

Another Hint:
A male Purple Finch's breast is streaked with raspberry red (no brown), where a male House Finch's breast is streaked with tan or brown.
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Black Duck & Mallard Hybrids
Hybridization between these two species is common on Long Island, where the two are in such close proximity.  The Mallard drakes are more agressive in their mating displays, and therefore "win" the females of both species more easily.  There are a lot of questions and research regarding this issue, and some researchers believe both ducks are really the same species;  the Black Duck being a diffrerent morph of the Mallard.
Here is a picture I took of a hybrid at Blydenburgh Park., probably Mallard/Black Duck hybrid.
Black Duck / Mallard Hybrid - Photo by Dianne (click)
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Can you guess what Owl?
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COMMON BACKYARD BIRDS
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A Site About Long Island Birds & Birdwatching
WADING BIRDS (click)
Types of wading birds found on Long Island:
Herons
Egrets
Night Herons
Rails
Ibis
Bittern  
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Photo by Jim Galletto - click for larger image
Do you know
what bird this is?
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SHOREBIRDS (click)
Types of shorebirds found on Long Island:
Sandpipers
Plovers
Yellowlegs/Dowitchers
Oystercatcher
Avocet/Whimbrel
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click for larger image - photo by Dianne
Can you find the bird?
Can you ID it?
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WARBLERS (click)
Types of Wood Warblers seen on Long Island:
Those colorful, fast, high in the trees birds that migrate across Long Island in the spring.  Some stay and nest, most move on.   
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Can you guess the Warbler?
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