Inside Birding: How-To Videos for Learning Bird Identification

May 5, 2009
Inside Birding: Size & Shape is the first video of our four-part Inside Birding series. Each roughly 10-minute video guides you through the four basic keys to bird identification with clear instruction and examples. Watch them all here.
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It’s the start of May, perhaps bird watching’s biggest month, when pretty much the entire Northern Hemisphere brims once again with summer’s full array of birds.

It’s a great time to go bird watching, and we’re inviting you to come out with us – in our new, free series of Web videos, Inside Birding. Your hosts are Chris Wood and Jessie Barry, two expert birders who work at the Lab, guide birding tours in their spare time, and compete for the Lab in the World Series of Birding (which, by the way, happens this weekend).

Jessie and Chris are incredibly sharp birders, and in the first four episodes of Inside Birding they share some of their secrets about how they identify birds so confidently and so quickly. Each roughly 10-minute video takes an in-depth look at one of their four basic keys: Size & Shape, Color Pattern, Behavior, and Habitat. (Visit the Building Skills section of All About Birds for more practice at using these four keys.)

Bird ID is just the beginning for Inside Birding. Future episodes will cover everything from practical details for beginners to where and when to take a great birding expedition. Jessie and Chris are fun, knowledgeable, and they’re able to explain complex skills in clear language that’s easy to grasp. Combined with breathtaking cinematography and gorgeous clips from our Macaulay Library archives, you’ll soon find Chris and Jessie’s advice is easy to adopt – and fun to put into practice.


  • I really enjoyed the first episode “Size and Shape.” These are really helpful videos on how to identify birds. The hosts are really good as well – I’m going to recommend these to anyone who has any interest in birding.

  • Jean

    I had a chance to watch all four videos. They were terrific! Also, the supplemental info at the bottom of each page on the website was fun to go through. Being an intermediate birder, it was really helpful to be reminded of some good, solid techniques for ID-ing unfamiliar birds. Thanks for putting videos and info together.

  • I am so happy to have found these videos to share with readers on my blog! I enjoyed each and every episode.

    Great job and thanks for helping beginning birders!

    Barb-Harmony Art Mom

Inside Birding: How-To Videos for Learning Bird Identification