Kinds Of Birds

12th June 2010

The sweet chirping of the birds which we get to hear every morning is probably the best we can hear everyday. Although, we can rarely interpret what they are trying to convey! For most bird lovers, the sight of birds flying in a clear skyline is simply a treat for the eyes! Watching birds twist, glide, turn, soar, dive, etc. in the sky is simply fascinating and causes us to desiderata to fly like them in the sky. Witnessing so many kinds of birds, we often wonder how long would the list be if we were to consider all different kinds of birds in the world?

To sum up, how many kinds of birds there are on this planet, we can say that there are over ten thousand bird species on this planet and this number is still rising with the discovery of newer species. These ten thousand species are generally categorized in to 25 to 30 kinds. More than 80% of these come amongst a few well known types. Here is a compilation of these twelve common bird categories which include the ones that are commonly observed, as well as the more rarely encountered species. Although, you may find many other ways to categorize birds, but here we have typecasted them according to their appearance and behavior.

List of Kinds of Birds


Sr. No.

Kinds of Birds



Long-legged Waders

herons, egrets, storks, spoonbills, flamingos, bitterns, limpkins, ibises, cranes


Duck-like Birds

surface-feeding ducks, diving ducks, stiff-tailed ducks, mergansers, coots, whistling-ducks, geese, swans, pelicans, grebes, loons


Perching Birds

sparrows, kingfishers, cuckoos, bulbuls, crows, flycatchers, parrots, mockingbirds, blackbirds, ravens, starlings, jays, magpies, shrikes, buntings


Fowl-like Birds

chicken, turkey, rails, gallinules, jacanas


Hawk-like Birds

hawks, kites, eagles, ospreys, harriers, caracaras, falcons, vultures



True owls, barn owls


Upland Ground Birds

woodcocks, quails, peacocks, partridges, pheasants, grouse, turkeys, roadrunners, chachalacas, nightjars





Tree-clinging Birds

woodpeckers, nuthatches, creepers


Upright-perching Water Birds

auks, murres, puffins, cormorants, anhingas


Gull-like Birds

gulls, fulmars, shearwaters, albatrosses,terns, skimmers, gannets, boobies, storm-petrels, frigatebirds, skuas, jaegers, tropicbirds


Pigeon-like Birds

pigeons, dove

Apart from the list given here, there are many more kinds of birds, but as said before, these 12 types categorize most of the birds on this planet, while birds in the remaining categories are very rare and very insignificant in numbers.

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