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Birds Are Missing - Where Are They??

Problem: When I look for a bird that should be in the program, it does not appear.
Where did it go?

Related problem: When I use the ID Wizard and click Photo Gallery, I can then click "efield Guide" beneath the photo and see that species. But for some birds in the Photo Gallery it takes me to Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Abert's Towhee or Accentor, Siberian instead of the bird I wanted.

Solution: You can usually solve this problem immediately by turning off the Filter. In version 3.9 and later it is easy to see that a filter is on. The funnel icon turns red and the filter appears at the bottom of the screen. In earlier versions, it was not always clear that a filter had been turned on.

To turn off the Filter, do this:
Click Filter (or View > Filter) in the Menu bar (upper left part of the main screen).
Then click "Turn Off Filter" or select None.
The program will now show you all the birds.
Using the Filter can be very useful. Just remember to turn it off when you are finished so the next time someone opens the program, all the birds will appear.

If this does not fix the problem, Try this (in version 3.5 and earlier):
Click the Look & Feel icon.
Then click the "Name List" tab.
Uncheck the box next to "Include English aliases in name list."

In version 3.9 or later, click Tools and then click Options.
Then click the "Name List" tab.
Uncheck the box next to "Include English aliases in name list."

Bird names will now appear with just the bird's common name.
You will no longer also see the "alias" names for the birds.
These alias names can sometimes cause confusion about which birds are on the list.

Here is what the User's Guide says about this problem:

Sometimes when you are using the program, you type in a bird’s name – AND IT IS NOT THERE. The bird appears to be missing! We know that this is frustrating, but there are many things you can do that may fix the problem!

First of all, turn off any filters you previously selected. To do this, click View, click Filters, and then click the None radio button. Then click OK. This will fix the problem 90% of the time. When a filter is turned on, the filter next to the bird’s name turns red.

There are six other common reasons why the bird name is not appearing.
1. You are sorting the bird names in one of eight ways. If you display “Common Name (Last, First)” and elect to sort “Alphabetic”, then wherever you enter a bird’s name, the program will expect something like “Warbler, Pine”. It may appear as if the bird does not exist if you type in “Pine Warbler”. Go back and change the display to “Common Name” and the sort to “alphabetic” or “taxonomic” – now typing Pine Warbler will find the bird.

2. You are typing in an obsolete name. Many, many bird names are no longer used.… Myrtle Warbler, Northern Oriole and Louisiana Heron are no longer used. You can actually find a bird by entering these old names, but first you must elect to have “alias” names appear in the Field Guide’s list of bird names. Click Tools in the Menu Bar and then click Options. Click the Name List tab and check the box that says “Include aliases in name list (English only)”. Click OK. Now try again.

3. By golly, it really isn’t there! You may have one of the State/Province Birds CDs installed on your computer. This shows you all but the very rarest birds ever seen in that location. If a state has 500 species on the “Official” list of birds ever seen in the state, the program you have may show only 300 of them. Birds seen less that 10-15 times over the past 50 years do not appear. You can correct this by upgrading to the full version of the program which includes all the birds of North America (U.S. and Canada, excluding Hawaii).

4. Or…you may have typed in the name of one of the other 9,000+ birds not found in North America. Sorry, we can’t help you there! [Exotic birds often appear in parks across North America. These are escaped or feral birds and are not included in the CD. Examples include Black Swan and many species of parrots and parakeets.]

5. You are not typing in the full name of the bird. Many species have the word “Common” or “Northern” in front of the name you are entering. Try displaying by Common Name (Last, First) and then type in the name you know, such as Cardinal. When you do, Northern Cardinal will be one of your choices.

6. The bird’s last name may contain a hyphen. If you search for Eurasian Collared-Dove by sorting alphabetically and then you type in DOVE you will not see the bird. The last name of this bird starts with COLLARED. Other examples are Beardless-Tyrannulet, Black-Hawk, Forest-Falcon, Golden-Plover, Grasshopper-Warbler, Ground-Dove, House-Martin, Night-Heron, Nightingale-Thrush, Palm-Swift, Pond-Heron, Prairie-Chicken, Pygmy-Owl, Quail-Dove, Reef-Heron, Rosy-Finch,  Sage-Grouse, Scops-Owl, Screech-Owl, Scrub-Jay, Sea-Eagle, Silky-flycatcher, Storm-Petrel, Thick-knee, Turtle-Dove, Violet-ear, Whistling-Duck and Wood-Pewee.

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