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Forest Birds

Oiseaux de la forêt

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Types of forest birds are those that will be seen more often than not in tree lots and forested areas. When these bird species decide to travel in their spring or fall migrations, it is usually non-stop over open expanses until they can seek the cover of woodlots or larger forests, where they are the most comfortable with their surroundings.

Once these different types of birds settle in their habitat, some will be found on the forest floor, others will be in the newer growths that are not high and again others will live in the higher areas of the trees right up into the canopies of the treetops.

forest birds

These birds will be a combination of seed eaters and insect eaters. As insect eaters, they manage the insect population and help the trees, by reducing the amount of insect damage being done to them. The seed-eating birds, as an example, the crossbills help the forest by opening the cones and letting seeds fall to the ground thereby giving them the opportunity to germinate in the soil and grow into young trees.

References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database This site provides the user with a complete list of bird species, broken down per country, or in the example of the US or Canada, per state and province. Here, bird species names are available in other languages, a great asset to be used as a translation of foreign bird names.

ABA - American Birding Association This site represents an organization that maintains official records of all birds species that have been proven to have been seen inside the perimeters of the North American Continent and the surrounding bodies of water. Regular revised versions are posted to keep the bird list current at all times. This is the list used by all serious birders over their lifetime. You may be aware of the movie called the "Big Year". It was with this list that all the competing birders used in an attempt to set a new record as to how many bird species that could be seen by an individual birder in one calendar year.

I hope you will take advantage of these suggested websites. I have used each of them, in one way or another, throughout the years in my quest to better identify and understand our fine feathered friends.

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