Brown Bird Identification

Brown Bird Identification
Brown is a common color in birds. The color allows a bird to better hide from prey by blending into its surroundings.

Grouse

Many types of grouse are mostly brown, with a bit of white interspersed in their feathers. Species such as the sharp-tailed grouse, a resident of the northern Midwest states, have light-brown feathers over most of their bodies.

Thrush

The thrush is another mostly brown bird. The smallish Bicknell's thrush of the Atlantic Coast, for example, is brown on the top with a white belly with brown markings.

Turkey

North America's biggest game bird, the wild turkey is dark brown with a blue head devoid of feathers. The wattles hanging from its throat are orangish-red.

Wren

Wrens are a typically brown species and among the smallest birds in the United States. The Carolina wren averages just 6 inches in length, is primarily brown above and possesses a buff or cream-colored breast.

Bobwhite

The northern bobwhite has a mottled combination of brown and white feathers that make it nearly impossible to detect in the woods, even when an observer is looking right at it.

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