October 03, 2022

Bird Names in English : A Matching Exercise for Advanced Learners


Owl, animated

I created a poster with pictures of 20 birds for you. Your task is to match the pictures with the bird names I've listed in alphabetical order. If you get stuck, you can either try to understand the definitions I pulled for you from the internet or look up the words in a dictionary. 

Bird names in English




cormorant /ˈkɔːm(ə)r(ə)nt/ a large diving bird with a long neck, long hooked bill, short legs, and mainly dark plumage. It typically breeds on coastal cliffs.

crane /kreɪn/ a tall, long-legged, long-necked bird, typically with white or gray plumage and often with tail plumes and patches of bare red skin on the head. Cranes are noted for their elaborate courtship dances.

cuckoo /ˈkʊkuː/ a long-tailed, medium-sized bird, typically with a grey or brown back and barred or pale underparts. Many cuckoos lay their eggs in the nests of small songbirds

eagle /ˈiːɡ(ə)l/ a large bird of prey with a massive hooked bill and long broad wings, renowned for its keen sight and powerful soaring flight.

finch /fɪn(t)ʃ/ a seed-eating songbird that typically has a stout bill and colorful plumage.

flamingo /fləˈmɪŋɡəʊ/ a tall wading bird with mainly pink or scarlet plumage and long legs and neck. It has a heavy bent bill that is held upside down in the water in order to filter-feed on small organisms.

heron /ˈhɛr(ə)n/ a large fish-eating wading bird with long legs, a long S-shaped neck, and a long pointed bill.

hoopoe /ˈhuːpuː,ˈhuːpəʊ/ a salmon-pink Eurasian bird with a long down-curved bill, a large erectile crest, and black and white wings and tail.

nightingale /ˈnʌɪtɪŋˌɡeɪl/ a small migratory thrush with drab brownish plumage, noted for its rich melodious song which can often be heard at night.

owl /aʊl/ a nocturnal bird of prey with large eyes, a facial disc, a hooked beak, and typically a loud hooting call

parrot /ˈparət/ a bird, often vividly colored, with a short down-curved hooked bill, grasping feet, and a raucous voice, found especially in the tropics and feeding on fruits and seeds. Many are popular as cage birds, and some are able to mimic the human voice.

peacock /ˈpiːkɒk/ a male peafowl, which has very long tail feathers that have eye-like markings and can be erected and fanned out in display.

pigeon /ˈpɪdʒɪn,ˈpɪdʒ(ə)n/ a stout seed- or fruit-eating bird with a small head, short legs, and a cooing voice, typically having gray and white plumage.

starling /ˈstɑːlɪŋ/ a gregarious Old World songbird with a straight bill, typically with dark lustrous or iridescent plumage but sometimes brightly colored.

stork /stɔːk/ a tall long-legged wading bird with a long heavy bill and typically with white and black plumage.

swan /swɒn/ a large waterbird with a long flexible neck, short legs, webbed feet, a broad bill, and typically all-white plumage.

titmouse /ˈtɪtmaʊs/ a small songbird that searches acrobatically for insects among foliage and branches

vulture /ˈvʌltʃə/ a large bird of prey with the head and neck more or less bare of feathers, feeding chiefly on carrion and reputed to gather with others in anticipation of the death of a sick or injured animal or person.

woodpecker /ˈwʊdpɛkə/ a bird with a strong bill and a stiff tail, which climbs tree trunks to find insects and drums on dead wood to mark territory.