Bird Watching

Birding is popular because it’s easy to get started, and it offers increasingly greater rewards the more you learn. It’s also an inexpensive hobby—a field guide and pair of binoculars are all you need.

Browse tips and tools to get started identifying Missouri's birds around your home or out in the field.

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Birding Tools

To enjoy Missouri birding, all you need are binoculars and a good bird-ID field guide.

Bird Habitats

Missouri birds use five general habitats: grasslands, towns and backyards, shrubby areas, forests, and wetlands.

Identifying Birds

You often don't have much time to observe individual birds. Learn to note key features that will help you identify species later.

Bird Behavior

Learning to recognize birds' many behaviors can help you identify and conserve them.

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