Birds Starting With “B”

As you will have noticed from their chirping, birds are everywhere. It is unlikely that you will go a day without seeing at least one bird fly by, and that’s because there are billions upon billions of birds all over the world.

Birds Starting With “B”

Within that incredible number, there are thousands of different breeds and types, all with their own appearances and characteristics. 

In our handy guide below, we’ll be looking at a selection of birds that begin with the letter “B”.

If you ever wanted to learn more about our winged friends, or just identify them when you see them, you’ve come to the right place!

Budgerigar

Budgerigar

You have probably seen one of these, or at least know them by their common abbreviation “Budgie”.

For a more scientific classification, you can refer to them as “melopsittacus undulatus”. They are members of the parrot family, and for that reason can look fairly similar to them. 

Their feathers look like a mix between yellow and green, making them very vibrant and difficult to ignore.

On top of that, there are black streaks all over the feathers, which really contrast well with the yellow and green.

They’re very pretty birds, which is why they’re very popular to have as pets!

Not all budgerigars look the same, though, because the sexes actually appear different.

With a male budgie, you can identify them by looking at their beak, more specifically their cere.

The cere is a wax-like part that covers the base of the top part of the beak.

If the cere is blue, then the budgie is a male. However, if the cere is yellow, or even pale white, then you’re looking at a female budgerigar. 

Black-Bellied Plover

Black-Bellied Plover

Though their body can sometimes be quite gray, leading many to call them a gray plover, their belly is most definitely black and distinctive.

On top of that, the black extends up to their face, covering around half of it, just up to the top of the eyes and beak. 

As for the rest of their body, it can be seen as more gray or white, which makes a nice difference and arguably emphasizes the black of their belly and face.

Additionally, the wings have bits of brown on them, which gives the bird depth and makes it look quite fluffy.

You will often find these birds on the beach, where they hunt for insects and worms to eat, as well as mollusks.

There are many other kinds of plover in the world, and they are all joined in their features: long legs and black bills. 

Black Vulture

Black Vulture

Chances are, you will have seen vultures depicted as terrifying creatures that circle around the desert.

However, they are actually pretty harmless, only feeding on dead animals rather than attacking people.

The most common type of vulture is the turkey vulture, though the black vulture is second.

Turkey vultures have their name because they look more like a turkey, with their head having large patches of pink and red, even though their body and feathers are mostly jet black.

Black vultures are far more black, as you would guess. Whatever the sex, a black vulture will have black plumage (feathers) all over their body, and then their head and beak will be dark gray. 

The black vulture is a protected species, because they are the only remaining members of their genus.

You can often find them near to places where humans live. They take full advantage of this, snacking on human garbage. 

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

These are the smallest type of pelicans, and the female brown pelicans are slightly smaller than the male on top of that.

They like to feed on fish primarily, but can also sometimes be seen snacking on crustaceans or even the eggs of other birds.

In America, there are only three species of pelican, and this is one of them.

As for their appearance, a brown pelican will usually be maroon or brown, though their head is white.

On top of that, the white head has a large yellow patch called a “wash”, making it almost look like a duck from the head. 

However, the colors can change slightly when breeding.

When they breed, the brown pelicans will have their necks grow darker brown and the yellow wash will grow brighter.

For the brown pelicans that aren’t breeding, though, the yellow goes duller and the rest of them keeps white and brown. 

Brown Booby

Brown Booby

These are large members of the booby family, which is a group of seabirds.

From their title, you can guess that these are brown, though the under sections of them are white as well.

They have sharp beaks with many jagged edges, though their wings are short.

This means that they have to flap a lot. Interestingly, though, this doesn’t make them a loud bird – they are silent for the most part. 

The sexes mostly appear the same, though the female brown booby is actually heavier than a male one.

They only roost on solid objects on the ground, never roosting on water surfaces instead.

Despite that, the water is where they feed, swooping low to grab small fish.

Bronzed Cowbird

Bronzed Cowbird

The sexes of these have different appearances that set them apart.

A male bronzed cowbird has black plumage that has hints of bronze and green to it and brown eyes.

Females also share the brown eyes, but have a black plumage that is much duller. 

When it’s time to breed, a male bronzed cowbird’s eyes will turn red.

They breed across a handful of American states, and settle in farmland, or woods when breeding season is over.

In either location, they feast on insects and seeds. 

Final Thoughts

There are plenty of birds that begin with B, and you now know a handful of special ones!

Olivia Kepner