Examine the world through a quick study of its bird families. Many times we focus on species, but understanding bird families allow us to better organize our thinking towards the birds we seek. Some families are robust, like the tyrant-flycatchers and the hummingbirds, while others like Kagu, Secretarybird, the Hoatzin, or the Oilbird are families with just a single species in each. This quick and dirty perusal of the world’s bird families will have you thinking differently about the birds you see in the future.
George Armistead is chief network officer at Rockjumper Worldwide Birding Adventures, which operates over 300 tours annually. George has guided trips to all seven continents and authored two books: Better Birding: Tips, Tools, and Concepts for the Field (2015, Princeton University Press), and The ABA Field Guide to the Birds of Pennsylvania (2016, Scott & Nix, Inc.). He has a masters degree in environmental studies from the University of Pennsylvania and is an associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.