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5 Letter Birds That Start With B (Pictures)

Learn about birds that start with all 26 letters of the alphabet!

In this article, we will share the two 5-letter birds that start with B we were able to find. The two birds fit this category were the Brant (a goose), and the Besra (a bird of prey commonly found in Southeast Asia.)

Though they are just two, each bird offers interesting insights into the world of birds. Let’s learn more about them!

1. Brant

Brant | image by Judy Gallagher via Flickr | CC BY 2.0

Scientific Name: Branta bernicla

The Brant is a small, dark goose with a distinctive black head, neck, and chest, contrasting with a light underbelly. Notable for the white ring around its neck, Brants primarily feed on eelgrass and seaweeds, making coastal marshes, estuaries, and tidal flats their preferred habitats.

In North America, they breed in the Arctic regions of Canada and migrate down the coasts to winter in the northeastern United States. Brants are known for their tight family bonds and form large flocks during migration, which is a sight to behold. Unlike other geese, Brants have a high-pitched, rolling call.

2. Besra

Besra | image by Birds of Gilgit-Baltistan via Flickr | CC BY-SA 2.0

Scientific Name: Accipiter virgatus

The Besra is a small, agile bird of prey, distinguished by its sharp, hooked beak and long, narrow tail that aids in maneuverability through dense forests.

It sports a predominantly gray and rufous plumage, with males typically showing darker shades than females. This raptor is primarily found in South and Southeast Asia. 

It thrives in dense woodlands and forested regions where it hunts small birds and insects with remarkable speed and agility. The Besra is known for its sudden dashes from a hidden perch to catch its prey, showcasing its adept hunting skills.

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