About Perching Birds . . . .

A perching bird are the largest bird classification and includes more than half the world’s different bird species, with more than 5,000 unique species classified as perching birds. 

The most prominent characteristic shared by all perching birds is the arrangement of their toes. They have three toes facing forward and one backward, which allows the bird to easily cling to both horizontal and nearly vertical perches, including branches and tree trunks. These birds also have an adaptation in their legs that gives them extra strength for perching.

Because there are so many birds that can be classified as perching birds and they are so diverse I have tried to separate some perching birds into different categories. The perching birds that I have put in other classifications are: Blackbirds, Doves and Pigeons, Flycatchers, Honeyeaters, Sparrows, and Tanagers, Cardinals, Bunting, and Grosbeak. After separating some birds into other categories there are still too many species to put into a single group so I have separated the remaining species into three categories by size: Large, Medium and Small.

I will be adding more species of medium sized Perching Birds as I am able to see them and photograph them so check back later to see my new photos of these birds.

Bluebirds

Eastern Bluebird

Male

Texas

Male

Texas

Female

Texas

Western Bluebird

Male

Arizona

Male

Arizona

Male

Arizona

Drongos

Ashy Drongo

Thailand

Thailand

Thailand

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo

Vietnam

Vietnam

Figbirds

Australasian Figbird

Australia

Australia

Hoppoes

Eurasian Hoppoe

Vietnam

Vietnam

Vietnam

Larks

Magpie-Lark

Australia

Australia

Australia

Laughingthrushes

White-crested Laughingthrush

Vietnam

Vietnam

Vietnam

Minivets

Scarlet Minivet

Female

Vietnam

Male

Vietnam

Female and Male

Vietnam

Motmots

Lesson’s Motmot

Costa Rica

Mynas

Common Myna

Singapore

Thailand

Australia

Great Myna

Thailand

Thailand

Jungle Myna

Fiji

Fiji

Fiji

Pipit

American Pipit

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Robins

American Robin

Texas

Texas

Texas

Oriental Magpie Robin

Female

Vietnam

Female

Vietnam

Male

Thailand

Rock-Thrushes

Blue Rock-Thrush

Male

Greece

Male

Greece

Male

Greece

Shamas

White-rumped Shama

Thailand

Hawaii

Hawaii

Starlings

Asian-pied Starling

Thailand

Thailand

Thailand

European Starling

Texas

Texas

Spain

Juvenile

Utah

White-cheeked Starling

Japan

Japan

Japan

Solitaires

Townsend’s Solitaire

New Mexico

Thrushes

Clay-colored Thrush

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Dusky Thrush

Japan

Japan

Eurasian Blackbird (Thrush)

Male

Spain

Female

New Zealand

Male

New Zealand

Female

Australia

Australia

Male

Gray-cheeked Thrush

Texas

Texas

Texas

Hermit Thrush

Texas

Texas

Texas

Song Thrush

New Zealand

New Zealand

Spectacled Thrush

Trinidad & Tobago

Swainson’s Thrush

Texas

Veery (Thrush)

Texas

Trillers

Polynesian Triller

Samoa

Samoa

Samoa