We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
3350 N. Union Blvd.,
(NE Corner of Union Blvd & Templeton Gap Rd)
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Phone: (719) 596-1819
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Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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!
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.
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 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.