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Bald Eagle

Welcome to the Feather Atlas!

Now with enhanced identification tools and mobile optimization!

THE FEATHER ATLAS is an image database dedicated to the identification and study of the flight feathers of North American birds. The feathers illustrated are from the curated collection of the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory.


Check Browse Scans to explore all the Feather Atlas scans, organized by taxonomic group, like owls or ducks.

Click Search Scans to look up a particular species or group.

Click on Identify My Feather to select pattern, color, and other characteristics of a feather you want to identify, then search the database for matches.

Chuck-wills-widow (male)
Great Horned Owl
Hawaiian Duck (female)
Western Meadowlark
Ferruginous Hawk
Northern Flicker (red-shafted)
Golden Eagle
American Kestrel (male)
Northern Mockingbird
Mourning Dove
Ring-billed Gull (immature)
Ruffed Grouse