We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
2680 NE Hwy. 20, Ste. 310
Bend, OR 97701
Phone: (541) 617-8840
Fax: (541) 617-8840
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Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
If you watch birds, inevitably you will see varieties that you don’t recognize. To identify lesser-known species, practice answering the following questions, looking at a bird from the top down.
Look at the bird’s overall size, shape and posture. Is it the size of something familiar like a sparrow, robin or crow? How does it sit, perch or fly?
Does the bird have a colorful or striped cap, also known as a crown? Is there a stripe above or through the eye, or does it have an eye ring or “spectacles?” Look for cheek patches or a mustache. Is there a white throat patch?
What are the overall back, breast and belly colors? What’s on the chest: a patch, spots, streaks or is it clear? Are the flanks (sides of body) clear or streaked? Is there a white or yellow rump patch?
Are the wings a different color than the body? Are there wing bars or spots?
Is the tail long or short compared to the body? Is it forked, squared, pointed or another shape? Are there certain colors or vertical or horizontal stripes?
We offer a variety of binoculars that will provide clear views and field guides that will help you determine a bird’s identity. With practice, you will quickly gather all the clues you need to positively identify birds.
For more tips on how to better identify birds, visit www.birdsource.org/gbbc.