The Basics of Bird Identification: Bird Topography

by Phill Holder and Margaret Bain


Despite recent advances in bird photography, there is still no substitute for making good field notes, and most Rare Bird Committees now ask for field notes to supplement any photographs submitted. Detailed field notes, of course, also act as an excellent learning tool. This publication should increase a basic understanding of a bird’s feather tracts and anatomical features and aid in the identification of rare or problematic species.