What are these two strangely coloured birds?
These bird photos have had the bird's colours changed. Can you tell what species they are from just their shape and posture?
I bet you can!
We often get distracted by a bird's colours and colour pattern (plumage) but other clues can be more important. Not just how their feathers look, but also shape, posture, and size. The colours and shape of their bills and legs can also point us to the right species identification. And behaviour and habitat can telling us what kind of food they like such as grains or insects, and hint at what kind of bird they are. For example, small birds that feed in trees are more likely to be warblers or vireos and ones that find things on the ground in amongst grasses are more likely to be sparrows or one of the species in the photos.