Identify Birds by Color

Identification - Bird Colors

Birds may be mostly one or two colors. But it is important to notice also the color of the bird's legs, feet and bill. These can be good identification clues. See if there is white coloring on the edges of the tail or if it has white "wingbars". These are also important identification clues.

If you don't know where to start, here are some common birds that are predominately one color:

Red Birds:
Northern Cardinal
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Vermilion Flycatcher
Red Crossbill
Purple Finch
House Finch
American Robin (on breast)

Red around head and throat:
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-headed Woodpecker
Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Blue Birds:
Little Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Eastern Bluebird
Western Bluebird
Mountain Bluebird
Blue Jay
Stellar's Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
Florida Scrub-Jay
Pinyon Jay
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Barn Swallow
Indigo Bunting
Lazuli Bunting
Blue Grosbeak

Blue-Purple (glossy):
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Common Grackle
Boat-tailed Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle

Orange Birds:
Bullock's Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Orchard Oriole
Eastern Towhee (on side)
Spotted Towhee (on side)

Yellow Birds:
American Goldfinch
Lesser Goldfinch
Evening Grosbeak
Scott's Oriole
Hooded Oriole
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Western Meadowlark
Western Tanager
Yellow Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler

Black Birds:
Double-crested Cormorant
American Crow
Fish Crow
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
European Starling
Brewer's Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Red-winged Blackbird

Gray Birds:
Great Blue Heron
Northern Mockingbird
Gray Jay
Loggerhead Shrike
Tufted Titmouse
Dark-eyed Junco
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
White-breasted Nuthatch

White Birds:
Great Egret
Cattle Egret
Snowy Egret
White Ibis

Black & White Birds:
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Black-and-white Warbler

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