What bird is that?
That black one over there must be a blackbird – or a starling? No, yellow beak … a chough then? Every beginning is hard. Not everyone is born a birdwatcher, and not everyone has the opportunity to learn about all the local bird species, let alone worldwide. The matter gets even more confusing, considering that in many species the males look different from the females, and the young birds from their parents – and if that wasn’t complicated enough, some bird species even display seasonal variations in their appearance.
Yet birds can not only be recognized visually, but also by their vocalizations. What may seem like an even greater challenge to some, is not necessarily always difficult. Blackbirds, starlings and choughs are all kind of black, but they produce very different sounds. Some bird species, such as the common chiffchaff and the willow warbler, are closely related to each other and look confusingly similar. Even for professionals, these two species are actually easier to identify by their species-specific songs than by their appearance. Here we want to give you the opportunity to learn about bird species, the recognition and visualization of bird song, as well as about topics around bird conservation. If you are interested in school materials around Dawn Chorus, click here.