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Feathered Fun With Bird Coloring Books

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Coloring books are beautiful, delightful fun, and they can be practical birding guides as well. Are you ready to pick up a colored pencil, marker, or crayon and discover birds in a new way?

Colored Pencils - Photo by Nicolas Buffler
Colored Pencils – Photo by Nicolas Buffler

How Coloring Books Teach Us About Birds

Coloring books have long been considered simple toys to teach children manual dexterity and color coordination, but they can be wonderful teaching tools as well. Many coloring books featuring birds not only have accurate proportions and field mark details for the species they depict, but the books often include simple information about the bird, such as its preferred habitat, scientific names, migration pattern, and typical behaviors. As birders of any age color each picture, they can learn a great deal about the birds they bring to colorful life.

Types of Bird Coloring Books

Bird-themed coloring books come in several variations. Simple, basic coloring books illustrate creative scenes and elementary details, and are a great introduction to different types of birds and familiar bird species. The birds may be stylized or could even be completely generalized and fictional, but still provide a great palette for birdy fun. These are often the most child-oriented books with fewer details and stronger, bolder lines, but can be entertaining for all ages to color.

Mindful Bird Coloring Page - Illustration by jl071077
Mindful Coloring – Illustration by jl071077

More detailed books illustrate birds accurately and with great attention to field marks, feather patterns, and postures. These books can be colored as field guides, creating true-to-life representations of each species. More details are outlined in each illustration, and the pictures are more likely to include extensive habitat details. This allows more attention to detail in shading and coloring with different hues, creating depth and realism in each coloring page.

Creative bird-themed coloring books often feature intricate mandala-like details and extensive lines for mindfulness pattern coloring. Patterns such as paisley, swirls, geometric shapes, and other details are common and create great depth in the images. The birds may be realistic or stylized, and the illustrations are more likely to outline many more feathers and intricate details. This can allow for much more creative coloring and self-expression, or the patterns can be colored for realism with different shades and shadows.

Benefits of Coloring

Any coloring book, from the simplest to the most complex, can provide a range of benefits, especially for birders. Coloring can enhance…

  • Mindfulness and concentration, essential traits for any birder
  • Attention to detail and color variation, perfect for helping with bird identification
  • Patience and perseverance to complete each coloring page
  • Manual dexterity, which can help with focusing binoculars and other birding tasks
  • Perception of proportion, habitat, and other related details to assist identification
  • A sense of peace and calm, relieving anxiety and improving mental balance

With so many benefits to birding, why not try coloring and see how your birding improves?

Best Bird Coloring Books

There are many different coloring books available with bird and nature themes. They vary in size and style, with many different birds to colorize.

These are just a sampling of the bird-themed coloring books available; every day there are more options published, giving birders and nature-lovers more opportunities to spread their creative wings and color their own birds. Which birds will you take colorful flight with today?

Crayons - Photo by mckinney75402
Crayons – Photo by mckinney75402

One thought on “Feathered Fun With Bird Coloring Books

  1. Alesia

    Thank you so much for your generosity.

    Typicality I don’t ever win much?
    I love to color and I’m so excited about these coloring books.

    I look forward to your fun with birds.

    Kind regards

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