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Waterfowl & Marshland Birds Shape Identification
geese line

Most water birds seldom go far from wetlands.  Those like Gulls that do can be easily recognized by their shape.

Water Birds Include:

  • Aerialists like Gulls have long slender wings.  They fly long distances and you can see them scanning the water or shore for food.
  • Swimmers such as ducks have wide bodies and webbed feet. Their flight is swift and direct.  On the water their profile is easily recognizable.
  • Shorebirds such as Sandpipers and Plovers can be seen on beaches or shores probing for food.  Many have long slender legs for wading and slender bills for probing.
  • Upland Water birds such as Kingfishers may be seen on a perch waiting to dive for fish.

Waterfowl Silhouettes

canadian geese
duck
 mallardswan
loon
cootgrebe
Duck, Geese, Swans
Loons, Grebes, Rails, Coots
gotwitgull
sandpiperdowitcher
craneegret
egretheron
Shorebirds, Gulls & Terns
Bitterns, Cranes, Herons, Egrets & Ibises
cormorantpelican
gull
Pelicans & Cormorants Gulls
The beaks or bills and feet tell a lot about a bird.  For more on body parts see Parts of a bird.

 
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