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Photo Lifelist

This is the Birdfreak Team’s photo lifelist. We have ordered the birds as they are in the Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America (and alphabetically within groups of birds if possible).

A photo lifelist is pretty much the same as a regular life list except the bird must be clearly photographed. The photo doesn’t have to be great, just diagnostic (although better photos are always the goal).

For each bird, click on the link to view a picture of the bird (try it out on this Cerulean Warbler)

As of January 10, 2012 – 255 Species

  1. American Black Duck
  2. Black-bellied Whistling Duck
  3. Blue-winged Teal
  4. Bufflehead
  5. Common Eider
  6. Common Goldeneye
  7. Common Merganser
  8. Hooded Merganser
  9. Lesser Scaup
  10. Mallard
  11. Northern Shoveler
  12. Redhead
  13. Ring-necked Duck
  14. Ruddy Duck
  15. Surf Scoter
  16. White-winged Scoter
  17. Wood Duck
  18. Canada Goose
  19. Cackling Goose
  20. Trumpeter Swan
  21. American Coot
  22. Common Moorhen
  23. Horned Grebe
  24. Pied-billed Grebe
  25. Common Loon
  26. Double-crested Cormorant
  27. Neotropic Cormorant
  28. Anhinga
  29. American White Pelican
  30. Brown Pelican
  31. Bonaparte’s Gull
  32. Greater Black-backed Gull
  33. Herring Gull
  34. Laughing Gull
  35. Ring-billed Gull
  36. Arctic Tern
  37. Black Tern
  38. Caspian Tern
  39. Common Tern
  40. Forster’s Tern
  41. Royal Tern
  42. Sandwich Tern
  43. American Kestrel
  44. Bald Eagle
  45. Cooper’s Hawk
  46. Crested Caracara
  47. Harris’s Hawk
  48. Merlin
  49. Mississippi Kite
  50. Northern Harrier
  51. Osprey
  52. Peregrine Falcon
  53. Red-tailed Hawk
  54. Rough-legged Hawk
  55. Sharp-shinned Hawk
  56. Turkey Vulture
  57. Barred Owl
  58. Great Horned Owl
  59. Eastern Screech Owl
  60. Snowy Owl
  61. Ruffed Grouse
  62. Ring-necked Pheasant
  63. Greater Roadrunner
  64. Plain Chachalaca
  65. Wild Turkey
  66. White Ibis
  67. Roseate Spoonbill
  68. Great Blue Heron
  69. Sandhill Crane
  70. Whooping Crane
  71. Great Egret
  72. Snowy Egret
  73. Little Blue Heron
  74. Tricolored Heron
  75. Reddish Egret
  76. Black-crowned Night-Heron
  77. Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
  78. Green Heron
  79. American Bittern
  80. Sora
  81. Killdeer
  82. Black-bellied Plover
  83. Semipalmated Plover
  84. Piping Plover
  85. Black-necked Stilt
  86. American Oystercatcher
  87. Sanderling
  88. Dunlin
  89. Red Knot
  90. Ruddy Turnstone
  91. Spotted Sandpiper
  92. Solitary Sandpiper
  93. Lesser Yellowlegs
  94. Wilson’s Snipe
  95. Short-billed Dowitcher
  96. Willet
  97. Hudsonian Godwit
  98. Whimbrel
  99. Wilson’s Phalarope
  100. Rock Pigeon
  101. Mourning Dove
  102. Black-billed Cuckoo
  103. Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  104. Common Nighthawk
  105. Common Pauraque
  106. Chimney Swift
  107. Belted Kingfisher
  108. Green Kingfisher
  109. Red-headed Woodpecker
  110. Acorn Woodpecker
  111. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  112. Golden-fronted Woodpecker
  113. Ladder-backed Woodpecker
  114. Downy Woodpecker
  115. Hairy Woodpecker
  116. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  117. Northern Flicker
  118. Pileated Woodpecker
  119. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  120. Green-breasted Mango
  121. Tree Swallow
  122. Barn Swallow
  123. Bank Swallow
  124. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  125. Eastern Kingbird
  126. Western Kingbird
  127. Eastern Wood Pewee
  128. Olive-sided Flycatcher
  129. Eastern Phoebe
  130. Great Crested Flycatcher
  131. Least Flycatcher
  132. Acadian Flycatcher
  133. Willow Flycatcher
  134. Great Kiskadee
  135. American Robin
  136. Clay-colored Robin
  137. Eastern Bluebird
  138. Hermit Thrush
  139. Veery
  140. Swainson’s Thrush
  141. Wood Thrush
  142. Brown Thrasher
  143. Long-tailed Thrasher
  144. Gray Catbird
  145. Northern Mockingbird
  146. Blue Mockingbird
  147. Northern Shrike
  148. Cedar Waxwing
  149. Horned Lark
  150. American Pipit
  151. Blue Jay
  152. Steller’s Jay
  153. Green Jay
  154. Western Scrub-Jay
  155. Mexican Jay
  156. Black-billed Magpie
  157. American Crow
  158. Fish Crow
  159. Common Raven
  160. Black-capped Chickadee
  161. Carolina Chickadee
  162. Tufted Titmouse
  163. White-breasted Nuthatch
  164. Red-breasted Nuthatch
  165. Brown Creeper
  166. Cactus Wren
  167. Carolina Wren
  168. House Wren
  169. Marsh Wren
  170. Sedge Wren
  171. Winter Wren
  172. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  173. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  174. Golden-crowned Kinglet
  175. Bell’s Vireo
  176. Blue-headed Vireo
  177. Red-eyed Vireo
  178. White-eyed Vireo
  179. Yellow-throated Vireo
  180. American Redstart
  181. Bay-breasted Warbler
  182. Black-throated Blue Warbler
  183. Black-throated Green Warbler
  184. Black-and-white Warbler
  185. Blackpoll Warbler
  186. Blue-winged Warbler
  187. Cape May Warbler
  188. Cerulean Warbler
  189. Chestnut-sided Warbler
  190. Common Yellowthroat
  191. Golden Winged Warbler
  192. Hooded Warbler
  193. Kentucky Warbler
  194. Louisiana Waterthrush
  195. Magnolia Warbler
  196. Nashville Warbler
  197. Northern Parula
  198. Northern Waterthrush
  199. Ovenbird
  200. Palm Warbler
  201. Pine Warbler
  202. Prothonotary Warbler
  203. Tennessee Warbler
  204. Wilson’s Warbler
  205. Yellow Warbler
  206. Yellow-breasted Chat
  207. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  208. Yellow-throated Warbler
  209. Scarlet Tanager
  210. European Starling
  211. Red-winged Blackbird
  212. Yellow-headed Blackbird
  213. Western Meadowlark
  214. Eastern Meadowlark
  215. Bobolink
  216. Dickcissel
  217. Common Grackle
  218. Groove-billed Ani
  219. Brown-headed Cowbird
  220. Rusty Blackbird
  221. Baltimore Oriole
  222. Orchard Oriole
  223. Scott’s Oriole
  224. Altamira Oriole
  225. Song Sparrow
  226. Lincoln’s Sparrow
  227. Swamp Sparrow
  228. Fox Sparrow
  229. Chipping Sparrow
  230. American Tree Sparrow
  231. Field Sparrow
  232. Lark Sparrow
  233. Savannah Sparrow
  234. Vesper Sparrow
  235. Henslow’s Sparrow
  236. Grasshopper Sparrow
  237. White-throated Sparrow
  238. White-crowned Sparrow
  239. Harris’s Sparrow
  240. Dark-eyed Junco
  241. Snow Bunting
  242. House Finch
  243. Purple Finch
  244. White-winged Crossbill
  245. American Goldfinch
  246. Pine Siskin
  247. Lesser Goldfinch
  248. Northern Cardinal
  249. Indigo Bunting
  250. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  251. Black-headed Grosbeak
  252. Crimson-collared Grosbeak
  253. Eastern Towhee
  254. Spotted Towhee
  255. Common Redpoll
  256. House Sparrow

9 Comments

  1. May 2, 2007    

    Good idea – I have one of these on Flickr with pretty much the same criteria. My real lifelist is 300+ – now I just have to get my photo lifelist to match it.

  2. October 29, 2008    

    Thanks for these great picture. They all brings me great memories of my birding time in North America and Central America 🙂 Thanks again

  3. December 6, 2008    

    This is a great way to learn, thank you!
    You are always a great source of information and motivation!

  4. June 9, 2009    

    I got a few pictures of a Eagle and lots of Woodpeckers including the Pileated if you wanna take a look at them. Thanks so much for putting photos so I know what they are! (I have just started taking bird photos)

  5. The Birdfreak Team The Birdfreak Team
    June 9, 2009    

    Connie – We’d be happy to look at them… feel free to add a link here or just email them to us birdfreakblog@gmail.com (if you are attaching large photos). Glad you found the photos of use!!

  6. Kathleen & Craig Kathleen & Craig
    October 4, 2009    

    Without clicking to see all the birds listed to identify the pair of birds we saw feeding out of our bird feeders this morning, I would like to know if you or someone else could identify these birds. They look like woodpeckes but a bit larger. Brown feathers on back and wings with orange spots near the body, the bellies were black with many white spots. they were feeding on black oil sunflower seeds.
    We are developing the pictures we took to see if they can be identified by a wild bird store near us.
    Thanks for any help.

  7. The Birdfreak Team The Birdfreak Team
    October 5, 2009    

    Without seeing a photo it is hard to tell but my guess is European Starling.

  8. sarah sarah
    October 30, 2010    

    I am trying to identify a bird I saw on my back porch. It was small and squatty like a wren. it had a white chest and light and dark brown marks on its back. It was one of the most captivating birds I have ever seen. If you know what it is please let me know. Also, I love your website. Please post as many pictures as you can.

  9. Ben Ben
    July 18, 2011    

    I like to visit your website because I am amazed at the large collection of bird photos you have organized. It is a beautiful collection.

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