Updated: Wednesday October 23, 2019
COMPLETE IMAGE CATALOG
We have images of over 930 bird species online!
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the online images and information.
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| About the Complete Image Catalog |
| "Current Names" Versus "Field Guide Names" |
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The Complete Image Catalog is the showcase for the images of
THE OTTER SIDE.
It is also intended to be an online educational and reference tool.
A brief commentary [will ultimately be] included for each species
describing the bird, its habitat, and other interesting facts about it.
Photographic details (location, date, camera, lens, film, etc.) are also
included for each image.
Many of the species have multiple images intended to show additional
visual information about the species, such as:
Some images of "marginal" quality have been included
because they show unique field marks, represent uncommon, threatened,
or endangered species, or document rare birds.
- breeding plumage
- winter plumage
- female plumage
- immature plumage
- the bird in flight
- color morphs (if they exist)
- geographic races (if they exist)
Why (and How) Do the Names of Birds Change?
Why Are Field Guide Names, Current Names, and Common Names Sometimes
Changes and updates from the 42nd through 59th Supplements of the American
Ornithological Society (AOS - formerly the American Ornithological
Union - AOU) Check-list of North American Birds, Seventh Edition
have been included in the bird "names" used on these web pages. These mostly
involve the addition of new species and changes/revisions to
For this reason the Common, Genus, and Species names which appear
throughout these catalog pages may occasionally differ from those in
current field guides.
The latest common, genus, and species names for North American birds can
be found at the website of the
American Ornithological Society.
When a bird is split into two (or more) species:
To avoid confusion the original name of the bird is [usually] not used
for the remaining race(s).
For example, the "Blue Grouse" [Dendragapus obscurus] of the western
United States and Canada mountains is no more, as one of its subspecies
has been given full species status.
The Pacific Northwest coastal mountains race
[Dendragapus obscurus fuliginosus] is now a full species called the
"Sooty Grouse" [Dendragapus fuliginosus].
The name "Blue Grouse" has been changed for the remaining race(s).
The two Rocky Mountains races of the old "Blue Grouse"
[Dendragapus obscurus obscurus] and
[Dendragapus obscurus richardsonii] now have the common name of "Dusky Grouse"
[Dendragapus obscurus ssp.], but retain their original genus, species, and
subspecies Latin names.
When two (or more) birds are lumped into a single species:
The classic example is the Baltimore Oriole [Icterus galbula] and
Bullock's Oriole [Icterus bullockii]. When these two species were lumped,
the "Baltimore" and "Bullock's" names could no longer be used for the new
species name. The new name given to them was the "Northern" Oriole
[Icterus galbula]. Thus the two were given subspecies names of
[Icterus galbula galbula] and [Icterus galbula bullockii], respectively.
When they were later split again, the original common, genus, and species
names were restored.
Alphabetized Image Lists - Click on a Letter for Listings by Last Name
NOTE: Where multiple images of a bird exist, the first image shown
in the series is the "default" image for product orders
unless a specific image name is requested when ordering.
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Image Lists by Type of Bird - Click on a Group for Listings by
NOTE: The types/groups of birds
"loosely" follow the taxonomic order found in most current
However, in 2003 the 44th Supplement to the American Ornithological Society
(AOS - formerly the American Ornithological Union - AOU)
Check-list of North American Birds, Seventh Edition moved
the orders Anseriformes (i.e., Waterfowl in the list below) and
Galliformes (i.e, Upland Game Birds in the list below) directly
in front of Gaviiformes (i.e., Loons in the list below).
Cassowary, Emu, Ostrich, etc.
Upland Game Birds
Loons and Grebes
Anhinga, Cormorants, and Pelicans
Herons, Egrets, Ibises, Spoonbills, Flamingo, etc.
Hawks, Eagles, Falcons, Vultures, etc.
Cranes, Limpkin, Rails, Coots, etc.
Plovers, Sandpipers, etc.
Jaegers, Gulls, Terns, etc.
Pigeons, Doves, and Parrots
Anis, Cuckoos, Coucals, and Roadrunner
Barn and Typical Owls
Nightjars, Potoos, and Swifts
Trogons, Kingfishers, Puffbirds, Motmots, and Hoopoes
Toucans and Barbets
Woodpeckers and Woodcreepers
Antbirds, Antshrikes, Antthrushes, and Manakins
New World Flycatchers
Cuckoo-shrikes, Shrikes, Vireos, and Drongos
Crows, Jays, etc.
Waxwings and Silky Flycatchers
Larks, Bulbuls, Prinias, and Swallows
Chickadees, Tits, Titmice, Nuthatches, Treecreepers, etc.
Parrotbills, Kinglets, Wrens, and Gnatcatchers
Mockingbirds, Thrashers, and Catbirds
Starlings and Mynas
Old World Warblers and Flycatchers, Thrushes et al.
Pipits and Wagtails
Finches, Crossbills, Siskins, etc.
New World Warblers, Bananaquit, etc.
Meadowlarks, Blackbirds, Orioles, etc.
Tanagers, Honeycreepers, etc.
Longspurs, Towhees, Old World Buntings, New and Old World Sparrows, Accentors, etc.
Cardinal, Grosbeaks, Saltators, New World Buntings, etc.
Image Lists by Country - Click on a Country for Listings by Last Name
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