WELCOME TO BIRDS OF THE WORLD is a website on some birds observed in various countries of the world during trips for the most part. Birds are fascinating animals, not the least because they can fly. Flying is a feat that humans strived for and finally succeeded at after many long centuries of trials and disasters. Birds are descendants of dinosaurs just as crocodiles and turtles are.
Birds come in very different sizes and sometimes striking colors, and some are even flightless. Some are social, others not. Some are predators, others are preyed upon. The bill shape determines the diet – conical for seed eaters for example.
Some bird species are sedentary, while others are migratory, and among the latter the record holder is the arctic tern with an annual migration distance of some 50,000 miles from one pole to the other and back.
Birds vocalizations – or ‘language’ – are studied on an ongoing basis. When a large group of American crows gathers at sunset at the top of trees and are all calling at the same time, or when an American robin sings an early morning happy tune from a high perched position, or when males display species-specific elaborate courtship rituals – those are fascinating examples of birds communicating.
This website presents information, anecdotes, photos and short videos of some birds of the world. That is, birds commonly seen (with one exception) in public areas like gardens, parks, cities, villages, etc. This is NOT a site about scientific descriptions of birds nor is it an exhaustive compendium of birds of any country. The information provided here is intended for the general public, especially travelers to the countries listed. For detailed descriptions of the birds shown here, please refer to a more specialized website (there are many excellent ones) or Wikipedia.
The countries listed below are the ones where the birds were seen and photographed and/or filmed. Since birds obviously know no country frontiers, the same species can be observed in different countries. Observations also depend on the season for migratory birds, for example the nesting area of a specific bird might be different than its wintering area.
The color of the plumage will also change for some species depending on the season, also whether it’s a male or female, a mature individual or juvenile. Sometimes the same bird will have a different plumage depending on the country (for example the Great Cormorant) where it is found.
The vast majority of the photos presented are of fairly good quality. The camera used for most photos and videos was a Fuji Finepix S2900. Any bird photographer knows that the zooming power can make a huge difference in the image resolution. Some blurry photos are nevertheless presented because of the particular location, and/or environment, where those birds were observed. Finally, the videos were shot without a tripod, with variable results.
To see the birds from different countries, please click on the links on the left side of any page.