In the projects, feeder and feeder2, you learned how to make bird feeders using recyclable materials. In this information document, I will describe some of the birds that have come to these feeders.
Although each species of birds has certain distinctive characteristics, there are often variations due to age, season, and gender. Each picture that you will see is a simplified sketch showing the main coloring of a mature, male bird. Female birds are often a duller color than the male. This feature helps to hide a female as she sits on her eggs in a nest. Also, the bright coloring of a male is used to distract predators and to draw them away from the nest.