The Complete Photographic Guide to Birds of the World
Abridged Edition (798 of 9702 possible species)

A little less abridged every year

Bird photos taken by Marcus Martin on various birding trips to places including Antarctica, Canada, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, South Africa, and the United States of America. All birds shown here (except the Whooping Cranes) were photographed free and in the wild.

Purple Martins (with dragonfly), Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota, June 2016

Latest Photo Additions: Minnesota June 2016 including Purple Martin and Common Loon. Copyright for all photos on this site belongs to Marcus Martin.

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The photograph file names begin with the common English name of the bird, and are then are followed either by the year the photograph was taken (which means it was a digital picture) or a code that identifies the roll of film. These codes are sometimes followed by a description of the photograph when there are multiple photos of the same bird species taken on the same day (digital) or on the same roll of film.

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Mystery Birds has its own subpage. Take a look and voice your opinions about these bird photos.

The photos are arranged according to Sibley and Monroe taken from the file provided at The Sibley/Monroe World List of Bird Names. The first line of each bird entry below contains the Sibley-Monroe number, common English name, and scientific name. Avian taxonomy is still fluid and other authors occasionally use different english common names, or even have different scientific names. Where present, these are also listed along with a reference to a work (often a field guide) that uses the alternate name. In addition, several bird species have either been split into multiple species by other authorities, or can be broken into multiple subspecies that are distinguishable in the field. These are listed here as "forms" under the parent Sibley and Monroe species name (for a potential total of 9702 species). This is done for convenience and does not reflect an opinion on which forms deserve full species status.

References Photographic Equipment
1 Struthionidae: Ostrich 5 Tinamidae: Tinamous 6 Cracidae: Guans 8 Phasianidae: Grouse and Allies 9 Numididae: Guineafowls 10 Odontophoridae: New World Quails 13 Dendrocygnidae: Whistling-Ducks 14 Anatidae: Ducks and Allies 17 Picidae: Woodpeckers 19 Lybiidae: African Barbets 20 Ramphastidae: New World Barbets and Allies 22 Bucconidae: Puffbirds 25 Upupidae: Hoopoes 28 Trogonidae: Trogons 32 Momotidae: Motmots 36 Cerylidae: Cerylid Kingfishers 38 Coliidae: Mousebirds 40 Centropidae: Coucals 41 Coccyzidae: American Cuckoos 42 Opisthocomidae: Hoatzin 43 Crotophagidae: Anis and Allies 44 Neomorphidae: Roadrunners 45 Psittacidae: Parrots 46 Apodidae: Typical Swifts 48 Trochilidae: Hummingbirds 51 Strigidae: Typical Owls 58 Caprimulgidae: Nightjars and Allies 60 Columbidae: Pigeons 63 Gruidae: Cranes 69 Rallidae: Rails 74 Scolopacidae: Snipe and Allies 76 Jacanidae: Jacanas 77 Chionidae: Sheathbills 80 Charadriidae: Plovers and Allies 82 Laridae: Gulls and Allies 83 Accipitridae: Hawks and Allies 85 Falconidae: Falcons 86 Podicipedidae: Grebes 87 Phaethontidae: Tropicbirds 88 Sulidae: Boobies 89 Anhingidae: Anhingas 90 Phalacrocoracidae: Cormorants 91 Ardeidae: Herons 92 Scopidae: Hamerkop 93 Phoenicopteridae: Flamingos 94 Threskiornithidae: Ibises 95 Pelecanidae: Pelecans and Allies 96 Ciconiidae: Storks and Allies 97 Fregatidae: Frigatebirds 98 Spheniscidae: Penguins 99 Gaviidae: Loons 100 Procellariidae: Petrels and Allies 105 Tyrannidae: Tyrant Flycatchers and Allies 106 Thamnophilidae: Typical Antbirds 107 Furnariidae: Ovenbirds and Allies 108 Formicariidae: Ground Antbirds 121 Laniidae: True Shrikes 122 Vireonidae: Vireos 123 Corvidae: Crows and Allies 126 Bombycillidae: Waxwings and Allies 127 Cinclidae: Dippers 128 Muscicapidae: Old World Flycatchers and Allies 129 Sturnidae: Starlings and Allies 130 Sittidae: Nuthatches and Allies 131 Certhiidae: Northern Creepers and Allies 132 Paridae: Tits and Allies 133 Aegithalidae: Long-tailed Tits 134 Hirundinidae: Swallows and Allies 135 Regulidae: Kinglets 136 Pycnonotidae: Bulbuls 138 Cisticolidae: African Warblers 139 Zosteropidae: White-eyes 140 Sylviidae: Old World Warblers and Allies 141 Alaudidae: Larks 145 Passeridae: Sparrows and Allies 146 Fringillidae: Finches and Allies
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Last updated December 25, 2016 by Marcus Martin
Copyright for all photos belongs to Marcus Martin