/r/whatsthisbird

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The place for your bird identification needs and challenges.

See something feathered but you just can't figure out what it is? Submit descriptions, audio, and/or visuals of unknown birds, eggs, feathers, or nests and we'll try to help! Be sure to include the location of the sighting when submitting.

Already know the ID of a tricky bird and want to see if others can guess it? Just include [CHALLENGE] in your submission's title.

Have you found a baby bird? PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE POSTING!

Have you found an injured bird? Use this link to find licensed wildlife rehabilitation near you.

Active nest guidelines: Keep your distance from a nest if a bird is currently on it. Keep your visit to a nest brief if eggs or hatchlings are inhabiting the nest.

Filter by UNSOLVED and help out some folks who still need IDs!

Want to find a bird conservation group in your country? Check out the list of international BirdLife partners.

RULES

1. Submit descriptions, audio, video and/or photos of unknown birds.

Unidentified eggs, feathers, nests, and bird artwork are all allowed here.

Media containing known species are better suited to r/birdpics, r/birding, r/ornithology, and others. Please respect each subreddit's rules when posting. Posts focusing on known birds will be removed at moderator discretion.

Know the ID of a tricky bird and want to see if others can guess it? That's allowed, too; just include [CHALLENGE] (with the brackets) in your post's title.

2. Include geographic location in ID requests.

The location of your sighting is extremely important when it comes to identifying the bird in question. Please include a reasonably precise geographic location to help us ID your bird.

3. No joke posts.

While we enjoy good humor, this is foremost an educational subreddit. Jokes in comments are acceptable, as long as they do not confound any legitimate IDs.

4. Tag images involving death or gore as NSFW.

Images containing death or gore (within reason; for example, stuffed specimens are exempt) must be tagged as NSFW.

A few handy ID guides to common North American birds:

American Crow vs Common Raven (and a couple other corvids)

Cooper's vs Sharp-shinned Hawk

Downy vs Hairy Woodpecker (plus bonus woodpeckers)

Juvenile Black-crowned vs Yellow-crowned Night-Herons

Which Dowitcher? Tips for distinguishing Short- vs Long-billed

Bird Doppelgängers series:

Bird Doppelgängers, Pt. 1 (Chickadees, white herons, and more)

Bird Doppelgängers, Pt. 2 (Haemorhous finches, Aythya ducks, gallinules and more)

Bird Doppelgängers, Pt. 3 (North American Sparrows)

Bird Doppelgängers ID Guides: Birds of Oceania (Australia, NZ, New Guinea, etc.)

Bird Doppelgängers: similar birds worldwide (Part 1) (Magpies, Small White Egrets and more)

Similar birds worldwide (Part 2) (Herons, tits, buteos, corvids, Passer sparrows)

Other bird-related subreddits:

r/ornithology - bird science

r/birding - bird watching

r/birdphotography - bird photos

More identification fun:

r/whatsthisbug

r/animalid

Many thanks to stabberthomas for the fantastic header.

/r/whatsthisbird

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Cackling Goose? Victoria BC.

0 Comments
2024/04/15
22:49 UTC

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I'm trying to estimate a location based off of this image and wanted to learn the species of bird in this photo. I was told that it is somewhere in NA possibly near Hawaii.

2 Comments
2024/04/15
21:55 UTC

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WTB? Guess is Black Kite. Aso, Japan. Dec. 2023

2 Comments
2024/04/15
21:51 UTC

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Hummingbird in Belieze

Best guess is Brown Violet-ear, but eye spot is making me doubt.

0 Comments
2024/04/15
21:20 UTC

3

What's this bird (Oaxaca, Mexico)

Some type of hawk?

3 Comments
2024/04/15
20:54 UTC

3

Large stork or crane-like bird. Phoenix, Arizona USA

3 Comments
2024/04/15
20:47 UTC

6

What kind of duck is this?

Resembles a northern shoveler? The duck with white sides and the brown patch on the right

6 Comments
2024/04/15
20:34 UTC

0 Comments
2024/04/15
20:11 UTC

5

What birds are these (Cayman Islands)

4 Comments
2024/04/15
20:17 UTC

3

Found this nest, Montreal area. What bird is this from ?

Found this while gardening, the egg already hatched, I put it back where I found it.

1 Comment
2024/04/15
19:45 UTC

5

Who lives here

Saw a little (I think owl) sticking its head out of this hole in the tree. Think it might have been an eastern screech owl (mostly due to size) but didn’t get a good look before it went back in. I’m in Wisconsin, would that make sense?

2 Comments
2024/04/15
18:43 UTC

6

Who does this belong to?

Central FL

2 Comments
2024/04/15
18:05 UTC

6

Nocturnal bird noise? [ID][Florida][Nighttime][Audio Only]

1 Comment
2024/04/15
17:38 UTC

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What kind of Sparrow is this? [North AL, April 3rd 2024]

6 Comments
2024/04/15
17:25 UTC

5

A female cowbird of some sort?

Sorry for the super zoomed out photo. This was the closest I could get before it flew off.

2 Comments
2024/04/15
17:20 UTC

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Saw them at an aquarium

The aquarium is about the Mississippi River

3 Comments
2024/04/15
17:05 UTC

5

Kendal, UK by a river

I think it’s a heron, but what kind? Thanks in advance.

3 Comments
2024/04/15
16:46 UTC

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Found flapping on the road - Pittsburgh, PA

Poor guy/gal was having a terrible day, but it managed to fly away on its own in the end :-)

Found it looking confused and trying to fly across the street. But in its attempt, it only managed to drag itself through the tarmac.

I was able to avoid hitting it in time, and to pick it up before anyone could cause more harm. It didn’t look hurt, thankfully.

After spending some 15 minutes alone on an improvised nest I made for it on a shady patch of grass, it flew away.

I think it just needed to catch its breath.

4 Comments
2024/04/15
16:08 UTC

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