How to Identify Birds Without Using Your Eyes

There is a lot more to bird watching than just watching. When you rely solely on your eyes while birding, you pass over tiny kinglets and creepers and reclusive wrens and towhees. With your ears “turned on,” you can hear so many more birds chipping, buzzing, trilling, and singing. Most birds, especially in a woodland setting, are heard before they’re seen. If you’re not engaging your auditory sense, you may be missing more than half the birds around you!

As many a birder can attest, a whole new world opens up when we become aware of the incredible diversity of birdlife that shares our space. We hope this guide will get you well on your way to identifying birds solely by sound.

Discover the difference between bird songs and calls, and learn popular mnemonics for recognizing sounds made by common backyard birds!

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