Texas Bird Identification

Texas Bird Identification
Bird-watching is a fun way to get out into the outdoors and enjoy wildlife. Texas is home to over 600 different species of birds, including some unusual desert and tropical types. Identifying these birds requires a good pair of binoculars and some patience to work through a process of elimination and categorization.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Binoculars
  • Binoculars
Step 1
Note the size and shape of the bird's body, including the proportionality of the head. For example, the Texas State Bird is the Northern Mocking Bird. This bird is medium-sized, has a plump body and a proportional head.
Step 2
Note the tail and the bill. The common loon has a large bill but a stubby tail. The bill itself may also have coloration that can distinguish a bird. One of the telltale features separating a common loon from a yellow-billed loon is the bill, which is grayish on the common loon and ivory-yellow on the yellow-billed loon (hence the name). Both birds are found in Texas.
Step 3
Observe the color pattern. The blue-footed booby is mostly white, including an off-white head, but with dark face, dark or black wings and a mottled back. The feet are bright blue (hence the name).
Step 4
Observe the bird's behavior. Black vultures, which are found in east and south Texas, are soaring birds when they are in flight. They are also infamous scavengers, so they can frequently be found picking over a carcass.
Step 5
Take note of the bird's specific habitat. Of the aforementioned examples, the black vulture lives in open woodlands and nests in cliff areas. The loons and boobies are waterbirds, so they live near ponds and lakes, and nest on the ground. Mockingbirds now live in urban areas and nest in shrubs.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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