Guide to tricky bird ID

Want to figure out if it’s a Sharp-shinned Hawk or a Cooper’s Hawk you’re looking at? A Downy or a Hairy Woodpecker? Or which of those pesky finches it is?

If so, you may want to check out Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s guide to some tricky bird identification problems. They provide photos, descriptions of field marks and behavioral differences, range maps, and sound recordings.


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