One of the best ways to learn birds is by learning their behaviors. Even birds that are similar in looks often have their own distinct actions. Being familiar with general bird behaviors increases your chances of identifying birds. But that isn’t the only reason to study behavior.
With all the emphasis on keeping track of birds (keeping lists) it is nice to stop and watch a bird for several minutes. Their behaviors are fascinating and give insight into the secret lives of the birds.
There are hundreds of behaviors that birds show and if you’d like to see a whole collection of photos depicting these, you can check out our Flickr group, the Secret Life of Birds.
The next time you’re out birding, take the time to study bird behavior. You’ll learn a lot and have fun in the process.