Birds Starting With “I”

There are billions of birds in existence all over the world. Wherever you go, you are likely to see a bird in some form or another, whether they’re perched on a branch or flying overhead.

Birds Starting With “I”

With all these billions, there are thousands of various breeds and types of bird. Each has their own appearance and characteristics, and those can be used to help identify them, separating them apart from each other.

In our useful guide below, we’ll be looking at a selection of birds that begin with the letter “I”. If you ever wanted to learn more about the feathered friends that fly about us so often, you’ve come to the right place! You’ll be able to identify more birds in no time. 

Imperial Woodpecker

Imperial Woodpecker

Woodpeckers are fascinating birds, with their famous rhythmic pecking into tree trunks becoming iconic. The imperial woodpecker is just one of many different types there are.

However, this particular type is only found in Mexico, with them being absent from the entire rest of the world. This makes them rather special, and makes the chances of seeing one in the wild much rarer (on top of the rarity we’re about to mention…)

Despite that exclusivity to Mexico, the imperial woodpecker is actually the largest species of woodpecker in the whole world.

However, that is only the case if they are not extinct, because they are already critically endangered if not completely gone. Compared to other species, it has been found that they have a faster rate of flapping their wings, as well as slow climbing strides. 

The sexes have a few differences, allowing you to tell the male and the female apart when it comes to imperial woodpeckers. The males have a mostly black body, but have a red crest, which is an area on their heads.

On top of that, their wings have white sections to them, and their bills are ivory. By contrast, the female imperial woodpecker have crests that are mostly black. 

Indian Eagle-Owl

Indian Eagle-Owl

As you can tell by the name, this specific type of owl is exclusive to India, with them being found nowhere but in certain regions there. 

Visually, you can identify them through a few distinct features. For one, their wings will have notable sections of brown on them, while the rest of the body is mostly a mix of brown and gray.

Around their throat area, you will notice that it’s white, but has stripes of black going around it. Additionally, they are a horned owl. 

They may appear sweet, but these can be brutal animals. When it comes to feeding, they like to get by on a diet of rodents.

When it comes to catching the rodents, they can be particularly nasty, ripping them apart. In the winter time, these owls actually try to feed on other birds, snacking on doves and partridges. 

When you picture an owl, you probably picture it sitting alone on a branch. However, though it is normally the case that owls like to be alone, the Indian eagle-owl actually likes to be in pairs. 

Indigo-Capped Hummingbird

Indigo-Capped Hummingbird

This is a properly beautiful bird, extremely elegant and subtle in its color. In fact, it looks almost like an emerald. Visually, this type of hummingbird has a green body that gets darker as it goes down, along with a back that is relatively brown.

As for their head, it has a crest on top of it that is indigo colored – hence their name. The blue of that contrasts nicely with the emerald green. 

Unfortunately, your chances of seeing one of these beautiful birds is quite slim, unless you live in Colombia. They are endemic to that South American country only, meaning that you won’t find them anywhere else.

In Colombia, it likes to live in lowland forest that is moist, whether it’s tropical or subtropical. However, it also favors other types of forests too. 

Italian Sparrow

Italian Sparrow

Despite the name, these sparrows aren’t entire;y exclusive to Italy, but that is mostly the case. Otherwise, you will sometimes find them in other areas of the Mediterranean. 

If you want to spot one, look out for a small and chunky bird. Their feathers are a mixture of brown and gray, though the patterns and lengths of the plumage (feathers) can change between the sexes.

With a male Italian sparrow, they have patches of chestnut color on the head, as well as having white cheeks. On top of that, the body is chestnut on top, but gray as you get further down. 

When it comes to the female Italian sparrow, they tend to be smaller than the male. Otherwise, they look like a House Sparrow, which are also brown and gray, though these females don’t have the streaks of black. 

Inca Dove

Inca Dove

This is a slender type of dove, with a long and square tale. Visually, the inca dove has a body that is a mixture of gray and brown, while the plumage or feathers have a patterning to them like scales on another animal.

The under areas of the dove’s wings are almost a red color, which is the case for many other doves around the world. 

If you want to see one for yourself, then your best chance is looking in places like the southwest of America, or even other countries like Costa Rica. When in these kinds of places, you’re likely to find good and large amounts of them.

Even though the dove is named after the Inca Empire, you can’t actually find it in any of the places that were once associated with the Empire. They like to flock in scrublands or deserts, but have been known to be in human areas.

Final Thoughts

You can now spot a variety of birds that begin with the letter “I”!

Finally, checkout the entire series of birds that start with or begin with the letter: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z.

Olivia Kepner