The long neck and long, slender wings of this species give it an elegant look. Look for a pale bar along the trailing edge of the wings. The male is easy to ID, with its long, pointed tail, white breast and neck stripe, and brown head.
Hint: The species’ name comes from the shape of the male’s tail in breeding plumage.
Identifying birds is at the very heart of bird watching. Each bird encountered is like a little puzzle or mystery to solve, because, while birds of a single species all share a certain set of physical traits, no two individual birds, like no two individual humans, are exactly alike.