Colorado Springs, Colorado

Eric & Dana Breier

Eric & Dana Breier

We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.

Colorado Springs, Colorado

3350 N. Union Blvd.,
(NE Corner of Union Blvd & Templeton Gap Rd)
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Phone: (719) 596-1819
Email: Send Message

Store Hours:
Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: Closed

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If you'd like help identifying a new bird to your backyard, please click on the link "Online Bird Identification Tool" above. It's a great resource we're offering customers and visitors to our website. Happy Birding!

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Song Sparrow

How To Better Identify
Birds in Your Backyard

You wouldn't be alone if you said you've seen birds in your backyard you don’t know. To ease the process of bird identification, practice answering the following  questions, looking at a bird from the top down.

 

1. Silhouette

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?

2. Head Markings

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?

3. Body Markings

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?

4. Wing Markings

Are the wings a different color than the body? Are there wing bars or spots?

5. Tail Shape and Markings

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 field guides that will provide clear views, range maps and information that will help you determine a bird’s identity.  An additional resource is our Online Bird Identification tool accessible as a link on our homepage.  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.