This is Volume 2

Rails - Petrels

Birds of North America

Unless otherwise noted, all photography and text on this page © Richard Wolfert, 2004-2017.

Bird & Birding Resources

A Photographic Field Guide to the

  1. A photographic field guide to to

  2. The Birds of North America


  3. This is a list of all 993 North American species (broken down into 88 groups) recognized and prepared by the ABA Version 7.9.0 - 7/12/2016 posting. Quite a few of the birds listed are exceedingly rare (accidentals or strays due to weather, faulty navigation or health) but have been confirmed by the ABA’s Rare Bird Committee.


  4. — All photos © Richard Wolfert, 2017. —

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  6. Not all species seen are represented by photos, but I’m trying. Also, photos are NOT to scale.

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  8. A GREEN LINED entry, below, indicates a photo is present on the right.


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  10. Rails, Gallinules, and Coots (Rallidae)             6


  1. 166.Yellow Rail

  2. 167.Black Rail

  3. 168.Corn Crake

  4. 169.Ridgway's Rail

  5. 170.Clapper Rail

  6. 171.King Rail

  7. 172.Virginia Rail

  8. 173.Rufous-necked Wood-Rail

  9. 174.Sora

  10. 175.Paint-billed Crake

  11. 176.Spotted Rail

  12. 177.Purple Swamphen

  13. 178.Purple Gallinule

  14. 179.Common Gallinule

  15. 180.Common Moorhen

  16. 181.Eurasian Coot

  17. 182.American Coot


  1. Sungrebes (Heliornithidae)


  1. 183.Sungrebe


  1. Limpkins (Aramidae)


  1. 184.Limpkin


  1. Cranes (Gruidae)                                                2

  2. 185.Sandhill Crane

  3. 186.Common Crane

  4. 187.Whooping Crane


  1. Thick-knees (Burhinidae)


  1. 188.Double-striped Thick-knee


  1. Stilts and Avocets (Recurvirostridae)              2


  1. 189.Black-winged Stilt

  2. 190.Black-necked Stilt

  3. 191.American Avocet


  1. Oystercatchers (Haematopodidae)                   1


  1. 192.Eurasian Oystercatcher

  2. 193.American Oystercatcher

  3. 194.Black Oystercatcher


  1. Lapwings and Plovers (Charadriidae)              6


  1. 195.Northern Lapwing

  2. 196.Black-bellied Plover

  3. 197.European Golden-Plover

  4. 198.American Golden-Plover

  5. 199.Pacific Golden-Plover

  6. 200.Lesser Sand-Plover

  7. 201.Greater Sand-Plover

  8. 202.Collared Plover

  9. 203.Snowy Plover

  10. 204.Wilson's Plover

  11. 205.Common Ringed Plover

  12. 206.Semipalmated Plover

  13. 207.Piping Plover

  14. 208.Little Ringed Plover

  15. 209.Killdeer

  16. 210.Mountain Plover

  17. 211.Eurasian Dotterel


  1. Jacanas (Jacanidae)                                          1

  2. 212.Northern Jacana


  1. Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and Allies (Scolopacidae)                                                  23


  1. 213.Upland Sandpiper

  2. 214.Little Curlew

  3. 215.Eskimo Curlew

  4. 216.Whimbrel

  5. 217.Bristle-thighed Curlew

  6. 218.Far Eastern Curlew

  7. 219.Slender-billed Curlew

  8. 220.Eurasian Curlew

  9. 221.Long-billed Curlew

  10. 222.Black-tailed Godwit

  11. 223.Hudsonian Godwit

  12. 224.Bar-tailed Godwit

  13. 225.Marbled Godwit

  14. 226.Ruddy Turnstone

  15. 227.Black Turnstone

  16. 228.Great Knot

  17. 229.Red Knot

  18. 230.Surfbird

  19. 231.Ruff

  20. 232.Broad-billed Sandpiper

  21. 233.Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

  22. 234.Stilt Sandpiper

  23. 235.Curlew Sandpiper

  24. 236.Temminck's Stint

  25. 237.Long-toed Stint

  26. 238.Spoon-billed Sandpiper

  27. 239.Red-necked Stint

  28. 240.Sanderling

  29. 241.Dunlin

  30. 242.Rock Sandpiper

  31. 243.Purple Sandpiper

  32. 244.Baird's Sandpiper

  33. 245.Little Stint

  34. 246.Least Sandpiper

  35. 247.White-rumped Sandpiper

  36. 248.Buff-breasted Sandpiper

  37. 249.Pectoral Sandpiper

  38. 250.Semipalmated Sandpiper

  39. 251.Western Sandpiper

  40. 252.Short-billed Dowitcher

  41. 253.Long-billed Dowitcher

  42. 254.Jack Snipe

  43. 255.Wilson's Snipe

  44. 256.Common Snipe

  45. 257.Pin-tailed Snipe

  46. 258.Solitary Snipe

  47. 259.Eurasian Woodcock

  48. 260.American Woodcock

  49. 261.Terek Sandpiper

  50. 262.Common Sandpiper

  51. 263.Spotted Sandpiper

  52. 264.Green Sandpiper

  53. 265.Solitary Sandpiper

  54. 266.Gray-tailed Tattler

  55. 267.Wandering Tattler

  56. 268.Spotted Redshank

  57. 269.Greater Yellowlegs

  58. 270.Common Greenshank

  59. 271.Willet

  60. 272.Lesser Yellowlegs

  61. 273.Marsh Sandpiper

  62. 274.Wood Sandpiper

  63. 275.Common Redshank

  64. 276.Wilson's Phalarope

  65. 277.Red-necked Phalarope

  66. 278.Red Phalarope


  1. Pratincoles (Glareolidae)


  1. 279.Oriental Pratincole


  1. Skuas and Jaegers (Stercorariidae)


  1. 280.Great Skua

  2. 281.Stercorarius skua

  3. 282.South Polar Skua

  4. 283.Pomarine Jaeger

  5. 284.Parasitic Jaeger

  6. 285.Long-tailed Jaeger


  1. Auks, Murres, and Puffins (Alcidae)                 3

  2. 286.Dovekie

  3. 287.Common Murre

  4. 288.Thick-billed Murre

  5. 289.Razorbill

  6. 290.Great Auk

  7. 291.Black Guillemot

  8. 292.Pigeon Guillemot

  9. 293.Long-billed Murrelet

  10. 294.Marbled Murrelet

  11. 295.Kittlitz's Murrelet

  12. 296.Scripps's Murrelet

  13. 297.Guadalupe Murrelet

  14. 298.Craveri's Murrelet

  15. 299.Ancient Murrelet

  16. 300.Cassin's Auklet

  17. 301.Parakeet Auklet

  18. 302.Least Auklet

  19. 303.Whiskered Auklet

  20. 304.Crested Auklet

  21. 305.Rhinoceros Auklet

  22. 306.Atlantic Puffin

  23. 307.Horned Puffin

  24. 308.Tufted Puffin


  1. Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers (Laridae)             22


  1. 309.Swallow-tailed Gull

  2. 310.Black-legged Kittiwake

  3. 311.Red-legged Kittiwake

  4. 312.Ivory Gull

  5. 313.Sabine's Gull

  6. 314.Bonaparte's Gull

  7. 315.Gray-hooded Gull

  8. 316.Black-headed Gull

  9. 317.Little Gull

  10. 318.Ross's Gull

  11. 319.Laughing Gull

  12. 320.Franklin's Gull

  13. 321.Belcher's Gull

  14. 322.Black-tailed Gull

  15. 323.Heermann's Gull

  16. 324.Mew Gull

  17. 325.Ring-billed Gull

  18. 326.Western Gull

  19. 327.Yellow-footed Gull

  20. 328.California Gull

  21. 329.Herring Gull

  22. 330.Yellow-legged Gull

  23. 331.Thayer's Gull

  24. 332.Iceland Gull

  25. 333.Lesser Black-backed Gull

  26. 334.Slaty-backed Gull

  27. 335.Glaucous-winged Gull

  28. 336.Glaucous Gull

  29. 337.Great Black-backed Gull

  30. 338.Kelp Gull

  31. 339.Brown Noddy

  32. 340.Black Noddy

  33. 341.Sooty Tern

  34. 342.Bridled Tern

  35. 343.Aleutian Tern

  36. 344.Least Tern

  37. 345.Large-billed Tern

  38. 346.Gull-billed Tern

  39. 347.Caspian Tern

  40. 348.Black Tern

  41. 349.White-winged Tern

  42. 350.Whiskered Tern

  43. 351.Roseate Tern

  44. 352.Common Tern

  45. 353.Arctic Tern

  46. 354.Forster's Tern

  47. 355.Royal Tern

  48. 356.Sandwich Tern

  49. 357.Elegant Tern

  50. 358.Black Skimmer


  1. Tropicbirds (Phaethontidae)


  1. 359.White-tailed Tropicbird

  2. 360.Red-billed Tropicbird

  3. 361.Red-tailed Tropicbird


  1. Loons (Gaviidae)                                                3


  1. 362.Red-throated Loon

  2. 363.Arctic Loon

  3. 364.Pacific Loon

  4. 365.Common Loon

  5. 366.Yellow-billed Loon


  1. Albatrosses (Diomedeidae)

  2. 367.Yellow-nosed Albatross

  3. 368.White-capped Albatross

  4. 369.Salvin's Albatross

  5. 370.Black-browed Albatross

  6. 371.Light-mantled Albatross

  7. 372.Wandering Albatross

  8. 373.Laysan Albatross

  9. 374.Black-footed Albatross

  10. 375.Short-tailed Albatross


  1. Shearwaters and Petrels (Procellariidae)        3


  1. 376.Northern Fulmar

  2. 377.Great-winged Petrel

  3. 378.Providence Petrel

  4. 379.Trindade Petrel

  5. 380.Murphy's Petrel

  6. 381.Mottled Petrel

  7. 382.Bermuda Petrel

  8. 383.Black-capped Petrel

  9. 384.Hawaiian Petrel

  10. 385.Fea's Petrel

  11. 386.Zino's Petrel

  12. 387.Cook's Petrel

  13. 388.Stejneger's Petrel

  14. 389.Bulwer's Petrel

  15. 390.White-chinned Petrel

  16. 391.Parkinson's Petrel

  17. 392.Streaked Shearwater

  18. 393.Cory's Shearwater

  19. 394.Cape Verde Shearwater

  20. 395.Wedge-tailed Shearwater

  21. 396.Buller's Shearwater

  22. 397.Short-tailed Shearwater

  23. 398.Sooty Shearwater

  24. 399.Great Shearwater

  25. 400.Pink-footed Shearwater

  26. 401.Flesh-footed Shearwater

  27. 402.Manx Shearwater

  28. 403.Newell's Shearwater

  29. 404.Black-vented Shearwater

  30. 405.Audubon's Shearwater

  31. 406.Barolo Shearwater


THIS IS VOLUME 2

 

"I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven."                                                          Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)


Everyone likes birds.                                What wild creature is more accessible to our eyes and ears, as close to us and everyone in the world, as universal as a bird? Sir David Attenborough


There is nothing in which the birds             differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.                            Robert Lynd (1879 - 1949)

Vol. 2

This Photographic Field guide to the Birds of North America is as complete as I can make it at the moment.


Some of the photos are crisp and wonderfully diagnostic. Others are fair to poor but show something that may aid in identification. As better photos are taken they will replace those that are sub-par. Some species may be missing for a variety of reasons: 1) I saw it before I had reasonable photographic capabilities (1980’s). 2) I have shots but they are too poor to include here. 3-) I saw/heard the bird but never got a photo of it. We all know how this works. I usually try to max out at 4 photos per species (when they are available), but several warranted 5 due to age and sex differences, time of year, and lighting.


The numbers next to each bird species (below and to the left) ‘should’ correspond to the number included with each bird photo. If there are errors (due to adding a species somewhere in the middle) the numbers may be wrong. There could also be typos. Please let me know by clicking HERE to email me. Numbers with a GREEN background are already included.


A very large portion of the birds are from NJ where we lived for 30+ years. Increasingly, I will be adding photos from the U.S. south, particularly in and around Georgia, where we spend a good deal of time. Some photos on this, North American List, are from beyond North America.


I hope you find this useful and thank you for your interest.

Rich Wolfert

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