These babies have none of the fancy face markings of their parents and can look quite pale in comparison. Females are chocolate-brown with a golden-yellow crown and throat. Parents will not abandon baby birds after they have been touched by humans, but whether you found a baby bird in your garden, or your cat brought one home as a gift, it is important to think before rushing in to help. During the 20th century, many of our birds of prey were persecuted to near extinction (such as the white-tailed eagle), or severely suffered from the effects of organochlorine pesticides like DDT (such as the merlin). Look for them from April until early autumn. You can support this vital work by joining your local Wildlife Trust. Can be seen as early as April. Males are brown above and ginger underneath, with grey, black-tipped wings. Below you will find many bird quiz options that will help you learn to identify birds in an area you select. Description: Large. Description: Medium. Find out more about identifying all our birds of prey on our species explorer. Fledglings start to appear from late April and often stick close together, sometimes snuggling in rows on branches. The baby has some feathers or pin feathers but also has naked patches on back or belly or under wings: The baby is completely covered in thick down (compare to next choice) The baby is covered in down, but the down is thin and I can see the bird’s skin through it : The bird is completely covered in feathers, no naked areas showing to parent birds. Where: Grassland, heathland and sometimes towns across the UK. Registered office: Kempton Way, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6LL. It is often difficult to determine the species of a baby bird. Registered in England No. The Woodland Trust is a charity registered in England and Wales (No. Slate-grey above and white below, with black bars underneath, a white throat and cheeks, and a black moustache and mask. 1982873. Juveniles of both sexes look similar to female adults with brown and black upper parts and a fluffy grey undercarriage. These fledglings are doing exactly what nature intended and left the nest deliberately a short while before they are able to fly. Description: Small. VAT No. While overall duller in colour and less neat than the adults, look for the familiar black cap, white cheeks and beginnings of a black stripe along the tummy. Where: Breeds on upland moors (rare in England); winters on coasts, heathland and farmland across the UK. These bird identification guides provide information about over 140 of the most common British birds including garden birds, birds of prey, shorebirds and waterfowl. Can be seen with parents on feeders around June. Content manager. Juvenile birds can cause quite a lot of confusion in gardens, as many look different from their parents, but there are good reasons as to why this difference might occur. They might also be fed by many adults from their group. Where: Moorlands and coastal marshes in England, Wales and Scotland. Males are blue-grey with black wingtips. They often lack the bright colours and distinguishing features of adult birds, but there are a few clues we can look for. Where: Coastal cliffs and some towns in North and South West England, Wales and Scotland. Hint: You can scroll through the pictures and descriptions, or you can select the species or species group from the list in the left hand column to jump directly to the species group. Either way, seeing a bird of prey can be an awe-inspiring experience as they soar high in the sky, or swoop down with deadly accuracy on their unsuspecting prey. One reason is that the juvenile plumage may provide camouflage for the young bird, both in the nest and once it has fledged. In addition, a baby bird's feather color and lengths can change in a matter of days, making identification even more difficult. Some are easy to spot, while others are much rarer or live in places that are difficult to get to. Garden bird chicks - known as fledglings when out of the nest - can be a challenge to tell apart, particularly when they're not with their parents. Dark above and white below, with angled wings that show dark patches. Description: Medium. CLICK HERE FOR AN ID SHEET ON COMMON BIRDS IN THE PHX AREA. Credit: David Chapman / Alamy Stock Photo. You can view more detail on a particular bird by clicking the photo or by clicking the "View Detail" button. Seeing baby birds on their own is perfectly normal, so there's no need to be worried. You can view more detail on a particular bird by clicking the photo or by clicking the "View Detail" button. Woodland Trust (Enterprises) Limited, registered in England (No. A useful tool for any beginner birdwatcher. Description: Small. Where: Moorlands, saltmarshes and rough grassland. Very young fledglings also sometimes sport eyebrow-like tufts of downy feathers! The long tail is a bit of a giveaway at any age. 2296645), is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Woodland Trust. 294344) and in Scotland (No. Song Thrush. Description: Large. ", and that you are properly prepared to do so. Page 1 of 2 1 2 Next > Portisgrass Gardener. Unlike their handsome parents, juvenile starlings are a dull brown all over.