Bird Species That Start With The Letter W

Wherever you live in the world, you’ll have many species of birds endemic to your area.

Bird Species That Start With The Letter W

Some are common while others are rare, but either way, as fellow bird lovers, we love to learn about them.

If you want to satisfy your thirst for more fascinating bird knowledge, stick with us to discover some of the most fascinating bird species that start with the letter W.

Warbler 

Warbler 

The warbler bird is any species of small songbird belonging to the Sylviidae family.

There are many warblers, including the yellow warbler, the garden warbler, magnolia warbler, the blackpoll warbler, and yellowthroats. 

Warblers can be found throughout Europe, Central America, Africa, North America, and Asia.

Some warblers, such as the willow warbler, are migratory and will breed in Europe before migrating to Southern Africa for the winter.

Many species prefer to live in dense bushes, and shady areas with undergrowth are preferred.

Some warblers may also favor areas near small lakes with thickets on the shores. 

Warblers are some of the most common songbirds in America, and it’s thought that around 50 species live in the country.

They live primarily on insects, nectar, and sunflower chips. Warblers are tiny; most species weigh approximately 25g and are between 9 and 26cm.

Most warblers are not brightly colored – instead, they have rather dull colors, with muted shades of yellow, green, and gray. 

Western Bluebird

Western Bluebird

The western bluebird is a species of North American thrush. These birds live in the west of North America and can also be found in central Mexico and California.

Although many western bluebirds are migratory, some will remain residents in parts of British Columbia and Canada for the whole year. 

The western bluebird is usually seen in farmlands, steppe habitats, and coniferous forests.

If you’re trying to spot one in the wild, keep a close eye on low perches in woodlands and on the edge of woods.

They may also be found sitting on top of fence posts and nest boxes in the summer months. 

The western bluebird boasts a beautiful coloring.

Male western bluebirds are bright blue with a deep orange color extending from their chest to their upper back.

Female western bluebirds are usually gray with a light orange wash on the breast and also have light streaks of blue on their tail and wings.

These tiny birds typically weigh around 26g, with a length of between 16-19cm, and their songs are often strings of various call notes that result in a soft but slightly hesitant song. 

Willow Ptarmigan 

Willow Ptarmigan 

Willow ptarmigans are impressive birds known for their incredible ability to camouflage in multiple environments.

These birds are members of the Tetraoninae, a grouse subfamily of the pheasant family. 

In the breeding season, willow ptarmigan will live in subalpine and subarctic habitats with a generous dose of vegetation.

They usually live in places with an elevation below 6,000 feet. These birds are also a bright, snowy white in the winter, with their coats taking on a mix of browns and reds in the summer months.

These birds love to dwell in warm and humid places, including beaches and treelines, in the summer months.

These birds can be found in northern Europe, Siberia, Scandinavia, Alaska, and Canada, and you may recognize them as the state bird of Alaska! 

These ground-dwelling birds have medium-sized bodies with short tails, and they usually reach between 15-17 inches long.

They weigh not much over a pound. Although these birds are small and can fly, they tend to stay on the ground and gather in areas with rocky protection.

These birds are also rather solitary, and although they pair up in the breeding season, they spend most of the spring and summer months living alone. 

Water Rail 

Water Rail 

The water rail bird is a relative of the coot and the moorhen. These birds have an average lifespan of 5-8 years and reach lengths of between 27 and 29cm.

These secretive birds are known for being rather aloof and are usually seen and not heard. If you spook a water rail in the wild, it will likely freeze in place. 

Although they’re quiet birds (especially around humans), they do have the capacity to omit an exciting range of noises, including squeals, groans, and grunts.

As their name suggests, the water rail prefers to live in wetlands with substantial vegetation, usually around North Africa, Asia, and Europe.

There are also many water rails living in eastern England and some parts of the south coast. 

These birds are smaller and slimmer than their relative moorhens, and they usually sport a brown and black upper body with a gray face, gray underparts, a long red bill, and black and white flanks.

Although their population is noticeably decreasing, they are not yet a cause for concern and can still be seen worldwide.

However, you may have a hard time spotting a water rail in the wild as they prefer to hide away than be seen! 

Wattled Ibis 

Wattled Ibis 

Last on our list is the wattled ibis. The wattled ibis is a species of bird in the Threskiornithidae family, and the species has an extensive range, so it does not approach any of the thresholds required to be considered vulnerable. 

This fascinating bird is endemic to the highlands of Ethiopia, and it’s only found here and in Eritrea.

These birds can live as long as 12 years and are relatively small, coming in at just 60cm in length.

They’re easy to identify from their long narrow bills, dark plumage, and white shoulder patches.

In Ethiopia and Eritrea, the wattled ibis prefers to live beside highland river courses and meadows.

You’ll usually find these birds on cliffs, in city parks, in olive trees, and in the open country. 

The wattled ibis has been described as looking somewhat prehistoric, and its calling distinctively creaky and low, often sounding strained. 

Final Thoughts 

We hope this article has expanded your understanding of some common bird species and added more fascinating names to your vocabulary.

Remember to keep your eyes peeled for some of these species in your area!

Olivia Kepner