/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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Is this bird native to Central Texas?

I found this bird at work in one of our buildings. It was able to fly just above the ground to avoid capture, but it wouldn't fly high and stuck close to the ground.

The best is somewhere high up in the building, a place I cannot reach.

I can't tell if it's injured or just hasn't learned to fully fly.

I want to take it to the local wildlife rescue but they only accept birds that are native to central Texas, so I need to identify it.

Thanks for the help!

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2024/05/20
14:14 UTC

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chicks behind toilet wall

hi guys, my friend has just found a few chicks behind his bathroom wall. I’ve told him to leave it for now in case Mama comes back . Could you help me identify what birds are these? And what would be the best course of action?

0 Comments
2024/05/20
14:14 UTC

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What is this bird please.

Location Wicklow, Ireland. Can anyone identify this bird for me? Rescued from my cat in the house and has been released.

0 Comments
2024/05/20
13:54 UTC

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Best way to learn about birds?

I really wanna get good at identifying birds and learning more about them, but I’m not really sure where to start specifically.

5 Comments
2024/05/20
13:28 UTC

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Cool Feather!

Found this in Turks and Caicos. Possibly an Osprey but not sure. Any ideas?

1 Comment
2024/05/20
13:23 UTC

3

What birds are these? (South East Asia)

1 Comment
2024/05/20
09:48 UTC

5

What is this shorebird?

3 Comments
2024/05/20
07:00 UTC

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Looking for ID

Switzerland, rural. Moved into a new house, today is day 3 and this fella is on top of the tree every morning screaming as shown on video. It’s on top of a tree in my garden and it’s a tallest one in the area.

My guess is red kite but I can’t see his tail. If you have an idea please let me know. I also have a question regarding his calling/ screaming, it’s a lot and gets more when I let my dog out in the garden. Is it a warning don’t come close call or is it trying to call a mate? I am not sure if I can let my dog roam free in the garden.

Thanks!

2 Comments
2024/05/20
06:54 UTC

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What bird is honking

This is in the Florida pan handle. There seems to be 2-3 calling to each other. It’s the deep honks around 10 seconds in. Dude buddy is keeping me awake along with the 48 different species of frogs

1 Comment
2024/05/20
05:44 UTC

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About Robin sized in a parking lot. West Virginia

4 Comments
2024/05/20
04:38 UTC

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SE Wisconsin, anyone know what this guy is?

5 Comments
2024/05/20
04:37 UTC

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What egg snatching jerk is this? Kentucky

10 Comments
2024/05/20
04:33 UTC

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Whats this Bird? Lake Barkley, KY

4 Comments
2024/05/20
03:54 UTC

5

[California] Wren ID?

3 Comments
2024/05/20
03:44 UTC

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Trying to ID this song

From New Jersey (this isn’t the bird, just my friend whistling)

6 Comments
2024/05/20
03:22 UTC

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Any thoughts on this egret? [Kyoto, Japan]

Egrets always trip me up - is this a little or medium egret? Thinking little but not too sure.

6 Comments
2024/05/20
03:14 UTC

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Hermosillo Mexico Help!

Friend sent me this picture of a pair of birds in Hermosillo Mexico. I thought they were white winged doves, but all the pictures online do not have that distinct white mark on the check and I do not see the blue eye marks either. Any idea?

2 Comments
2024/05/20
03:13 UTC

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Help what should I do

My dad found a baby bird while he was walking the dog just now. It’s night right now and he doesn’t think it’ll survive out there.

Is it too late to put it back to the spot where he found it and see if it’s parents will come look for him This is not my first time taking care of a young bird but I do not want to disturb wild birds. And does anyone know what kind of bird is this?

7 Comments
2024/05/20
03:11 UTC

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Thoughts on this small gull seen today in Linwood, Michigan?

1 Comment
2024/05/20
02:33 UTC

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Bird Sound

Anyone know what bird makes the sound “bobobobo”? like, wuickly: “buh-buh-buh”. I couldn’t see it but kept hearing it around me in a trail, then I noticed it was coming from high above. Any ideas will help!

This was in eastern Newfoundland

1 Comment
2024/05/20
02:33 UTC

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The eggs left unattended :(

So about a week ago either a wild pigeon or a brown cuckoo-dove made a nest on a closet that's on my balcony and laid two eggs. And a few days ago, I've noticed some crows flying nearby which has never happened and I guess it's because they want to eat the eggs?? So the bird got scared and left today morning, it's midnight and it hasn't come back even once. Will it come back at all? What do I do with the eggs? I also wanna know what species it is. Help :((

0 Comments
2024/05/19
19:17 UTC

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