When trying to identify a bird, it is helpful to have a good pair of binoculars and field guide to help you distinguish bird types. Birds are also easier to see and more likely to appear if you are quiet and still. Once you spot a bird, pay close attention to its size and shape as this will be the quickest way to begin to classify your bird. Second, look at the main colors of the bird. Do you see any distinctive stripes, spots or patterns? Next, observe the behavior of the bird. The way it walks, flies or sits may help you identify it. Finally, a bird’s habitat can also help you classify it. Certain birds are typically found in particular habitats. Using a combination of the features above will help you to identify almost any bird. Good luck and happy bird watching!