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Bird equivelant to BugGuide

Can anyone point me towards the equivelant to this excellent site. Thanks.

Yes, flickr is definitely one way to go . .
and here is a group right up your alley. They're very effective in IDing birds "Bird Idenitification Help Group":

Nice bird site!!
it just so happens that i love birds as much as i do wasps, so that site is awesome. I've uploaded a few images :)

If you just want them ID'd send me los-res files and I'll do it for you. Shoot me an email if you want some help


Well, as a project to learn a new programming language, I built a BugGuide-style website for birds. A few differences from BugGuide:
  • Sounds can be uploaded and played
  • The geographical location structure is more rigid, which should make mapping easier
  • You can browse by geographic locations
  • A contributor can set a different license on each image/sound they upload
It's bare bones right now. The browsing is not as good as BugGuide yet, and there is no search. I wanted to get opinions before I put a lot of time into it. The home page has a list of features I have thought of. Please have a look. Feel free to sign up and post photos or sounds. If you can't figure out where to put a photo, put it in ID Request and I'll place it.

Interesting site!
I've registered and uploaded some pictures of species not already on the site...didn't find any way but via ID-request to upload them, though. Since I know what my bird pictures are, is there a more direct route? Or do you prefer everything to go through the ID page?

I have images of 70-odd species...some, like cardinals, are common everywhere, so I won't put those up, but I think the migrants and winter-residents, and some of the summer specialties like painted bunting, might be of interest.

And duh....
I should've browsed taxonomy first. Of *course* you had a way to add birds directly where they belong. Now...I'm afraid you or someone will have to move my first five contributions. Apologies.

Mike, I have uploaded a few
I have uploaded a few bird pics at Birdsite and like it so far....pretty cool.
I know this is asking a lot but how about reptiles and amphibians ?
Maybe even mammals....

Thanks for uploading. The software I built is flexible enough to handle other types of wildlife. But I'm not sure I have time to run lots of sites. :) For now I'm going to focus on the birds. If anyone has a ton of herp or mammal images to flesh out a site, I'll reconsider!

I'm going to put a forum higher up on my to-do list so we can take the discussion over there and stop abusing BugGuide. :)

Herp Site
Have about 40 Utah taxons (about 6K images), most are diagnostic shots, a few "nature" style. You may want to expressly exclude pet trade specimens from being submitted, not a problem for BG. Imagine how many pictures of "Boxy" the turtle or albino corn snakes named "Pinky" you might receive!

I own and run a reptile site.
I own and run a reptile/amphibian site. I consider myself to be a bit of an expert. I can usually ID a reptile within seconds of seeing it, and knowing where it was found. There are so many reptile sites out there it's amazing. I guess another one wouldn't kill the internet though.

If anyone is interested I have an ID section.

I've also joined,
and plan to add some pics for NC, MT and WA. Would also love to see the reptile/amphibiam equivalent. :)

Flickr groups--birds, herps, etc.
The photo-sharing site Flickr has quite an active community of nature nuts:
-Field Guide--Birds of the World
-Reptiles and Amphibians
- Wildflower Field Guide, North America
A basic membership is free, but there are upload limits. A "pro" membership, at $25 or so per year, removes the upload limits, basically. There are some very interesting features, such as a system of key words (tags), and ability to add geographic information by dropping photo thumbnails on a map.

Warning: Flickr is almost as addictive as BugGuide.
(My photos)

Thanks Patrick,
Unless I'm missing something I don't think I could get into flikr. It's the organization of bugguide that really draws me. However, I did look at some of your shots, and as usual love them. I especially liked your Bloodroot seeds, and passionflower tendril.

Create account
Go to and do a "create account", I believe.

Ok, so it took me a while, but I finally got into Flickr. I am up and running with the free account and showing some of my non-bug animals. Thanks for the suggestion and if you want you can see my stuff here.

took a peek at your page(s). I'm still using ancient dial up, makes for problems. The Tiger Whiptail Lizard (Cnemidophorus tigris) was a nice shot. The snake with the lizard tail going down the hatch has me puzzled, no bells going off for North America. Where was it shot? Thats as far as my system let me get. Someday!

The snake has you puzzled,
that snake is the Western Long Nose Snake, I believe. Thanks for the comments!

I'll have to look at
the white/black morph of Rhinoceilus, (used to be called R. clarus,) familiar with the typical red morph, maybe that was what seemed out of place. Always a treat to see something new.

No Time

I don't have time to check it out now but I'll get back to you.


Well done Mike - all the best
Well done Mike - all the best of luck. My other comments have been left on the BirdSite contact form.


I wish my camera didn't suck! I'd start taking shots of some of the stuff in my Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas blocks, just to help build things up a little. In any case, I'd be interested.

Nick, the camera probably doe
Nick, the camera probably doesn't matter. I would submit until a better image comes along.

Probably what's important right now is propogating the database.

Hope Mike doesn't mind my saying that.

I posted my best stuff first, so don't be afraid to post your own. I'm going to post some lesser quality images just to get something in the "guide." We can always "frass" stuff later if better images come in.

If the bird is small in the photo, try to crop it down so that the bird fills up most of the JPEG.

Sounds cool...
I'll start getting some stuff together.

I've considered building one, and I might take up the task if there's more interest.


If you do this project, I suggest you include sharing of audio. All the reagional dialects would be valuable. I know of one person in my local realm who's out there with a parabolic microphone; I guess this is goin' on all around the country by amateurs, I don't know.

Thanks for all your BugGuide work,


I also have some sound recordings
I also have about 20 sound recordings, including Buff-collared Nightjar and Black Rail

I can supply some photos
I have about 189 species photgraphed in the US that you could start it off with :-)

Hi Mike, thanks for that repl
Hi Mike, thanks for that reply. I checked your profile and you would certainly have the background to do that.

I am not a birder but enjoy photography. If you do give it a shot would you be able to do it without going commercial? Do you think you would be able to find an Educational institution to support your work or perhaps a sponsorship.

Good luck

Have you tried ...
Have you tried BirdForum?

It's not exactly like this, mostly just photos from bird-watchers, not so science oriented.

Thankf Forest - I'll give it
Thanks Forest - I'll give it a try.

If you need ID on US birds, send them to me
I'm a birder and I can identify most birds you have questions on or can get people who do know what they are. So feel free to email me if that is what you're looking for! :-)

Much thanks, I have emailed y
Much thanks, I have emailed you.

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