ID Tips

The Biggest Differences Between Song and Savannah Sparrows

The Biggest Differences Between Song and Savannah Sparrows

— A close look at these two doppelgängers shows some key contrasts in markings and song.
Greater or Lesser Scaup? Here Are the Biggest Differences Between the Two

Greater or Lesser Scaup? Here Are the Biggest Differences Between the Two

— It’s a challenging ID, but head shape can take you a long way.
House Finch or Purple Finch? Here's How to Tell Them Apart

House Finch or Purple Finch? Here's How to Tell Them Apart

— Some clues to help distinguish between these two often-confused finches.
Learn to Tell a Northern Shrike From a Loggerhead Shrike

Learn to Tell a Northern Shrike From a Loggerhead Shrike

— These are the best clues to help you know which ‘butcherbird’ is which.
How to Recognize Six Warblers in Their Fall Feathers

How to Recognize Six Warblers in Their Fall Feathers

— Study the finer details of migrating warblers with our handy photo guide.
Five Ways to Troubleshoot Your Birding Problems

Five Ways to Troubleshoot Your Birding Problems

— When your bird guide isn't getting it done, try these hacks and alternatives to make a better ID.
How to Identify Birds

How to Identify Birds

— Before you judge a bird by its color, use these eight clues to guide you.
A Beginner’s Guide to IDing Cooper’s and Sharp-Shinned Hawks

A Beginner’s Guide to IDing Cooper’s and Sharp-Shinned Hawks

— The differences are subtle, but shape and size can help in a big way.
How to Tell a Hairy Woodpecker From a Downy Woodpecker

How to Tell a Hairy Woodpecker From a Downy Woodpecker

— Size and tail color are two of the biggest clues when deciphering these two backyard regulars.
How to Tell a Raven From a Crow

How to Tell a Raven From a Crow

— These black birds may look similar in some ways, but several distinctive traits help set them apart.