Tag media

Eurasian Wigeon

Eurasian Wigeon Mareca penelope

  • British Columbia, Capital, Canada

Related articles: Uploading Media; Photo Guidelines; Audio Guidelines; Rating Photos; Rating Audio.

Tags on media help make the collection more useful, allowing users to sort photos, audio, and video by specific categories. This also includes important metadata that add value to a media specimen. Some tags can be added when you upload your media through your eBird checklist, others are added through the Photo + Sound Quiz. The main categories you can add to your own media are: Age/sex, Sounds, Playback, Additional Species, Behaviors, and Photo Tags.

Manage Media quick tips

  • Use the View icons in the top left to filter down to all media, only photos, or only audio.
  • To select a range of media, Click, then Shift + Click the asset at the end of the range.
  • To select/deselect individual media, use Ctrl or Command + Click.
  • ​To select all media, use Ctrl or Command + A.

Age/Sex

Carola's Parotia

Carola's Parotia Parotia carolae

  • Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea
Use the Age/Sex grid to enter counts for the age and sex of all individuals visible or audible in the selected media. Accurately ageing and sexing birds is often hard, so if unsure, use the “Unknown” fields (be conservative!). If you’re unsure of the number of individuals, use “X” or “+” to indicate presence.

Additional Species

Parasitic Jaeger

Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus

  • Svalbard, Svalbard
Add additional or background species present in the selected media using this field. Additional Species can only be added if they’re listed on the checklist, so if you forgot to add a species to your checklist, you’ll need to go back and edit the checklist before adding as an “Additional species”.

Behaviors

Tag any applicable behavior(s) displayed by the subject(s) in the selected media (audio and photos).

  • Foraging or eating: any bird actively seeking, catching, or eating food items.
  • Vocalizing (photos only): any bird that is actively making noise with its voice.
  • Carrying Food: any bird carrying food in its bill or talons.
    Atlantic Puffin

    Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica

    • Quebec, Minganie, Canada
  • Nest Building: any bird actively carrying nesting material or building a nest.
  • Flying: any bird that is flying, including taking off and landing.
  • Feeding Young: when young are actively being provisioned by another bird.
  • Molting (photos only): any bird showing signs of active molt, such as dropped feathers or molt limits.
  • Courtship, Display, or Copulation: any bird engaging in courtship or copulation behavior.

Photo Tags (photos only)

Tag any applicable characteristic(s) shown in the selected photo.

  • Habitat: any photo that nicely represents or highlights the habitat where the bird was found. It is not required that a bird is visible in the photo, but it should be the habitat where the bird was seen.
  • Upland Goose (Bar-breasted)

    Upland Goose (Bar-breasted) Chloephaga picta (Bar-breasted)

    • Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Egg(s): any photo that includes a clearly visible egg or eggs.
  • Nest: any photo with a clearly visible nest (bird can be present or absent on the nest).
  • Field notes/sketch: any photo of a sketch, field notes, or other supporting documentation.
  • In-hand: any photo of a live bird in hand.

Sounds (audio recordings only)

Tag any applicable type(s) of the vocalization(s) captured on the selected recording(s). Only tag vocalizations when you know the type of sound being made (err on the side of caution!).

Eastern Whip-poor-will Antrostomus vociferus

  • Maryland, Washington, United States
  • Song: Vocalization used for territorial advertisement or mate attraction. Typically but not always more complex than call. Applies to more than just songbirds.
  • Flight Song: Specific song type given in flight, often more complex and rapid than typical song. Not necessarily any song given in flight. If unsure, use only Song.
  • Non-vocal: Audible sounds not made vocally. Examples include non-vocal advertising sounds like drumming of a woodpecker or wing snaps from a manakin, plus incidental sounds like wing noise or foraging sounds.
  • Duet: Two or more birds singing collaboratively, usually a pair or family group. Counter-singing territorial birds or vocal flocks of birds should not receive this tag. If unsure, use only Song.
  • Call: Any vocalization that doesn’t qualify as song. Often but not always less complex than song. May include contact calls, alarm calls, and other vocalizations given in various contexts.
  • Flight Call: Specific call type, most often given in flight. Not necessarily any call given in flight. Should be used with all nocturnal flight calls. If unsure, use only Call.
  • Dawn Song: Specific song type, usually given at dawn or dusk. Not necessarily any song given at dawn. If unsure, use only Song.

Playback (audio recordings only)

If playback was used before or during the recording to influence the subject(s), select “Used.” If no playback was used, select “Not Used.” Playback includes vocal imitations; the use of mobbing tapes, pishing, or any other activity designed to draw out a vocalization from a bird should be listed as “Not Used” but noted in the comments.

Equipment (audio recordings only)

Enter the information for the type of recorder and microphone used to make the selected recording, along with any accessories like a parabola. Enter your equipment once for each checklist and click the “Apply equipment to all recordings on this checklist.” Secondary equipment like shock mounts, windscreens, and recording apps do not need to be listed here.

Additional tags available only through the quiz

The following tags are only available to apply when taking the Photo + Sound Quiz.

  • Multiple species: Any photo with more than one species of bird visible. Rate based on the focal species.
  • Watermark: Any photo with a watermark of any kind, including signatures or any other text on the image. Please do not add watermarks or text of any kind on images during upload, but already uploaded images with text should receive this tag.
  • Back of camera: Any photo or screenshot of the back of a camera, phone, or computer screen. Any representation of a photo that is not the actual photo should receive this tag. Often uploaded as temporary documentation for rare sightings, these should always be replaced with the actual image eventually.
  • Dead: Any photo where the primary subject is dead. This can include specimen photos uploaded with historical data or dead birds found in the wild. Do not tag predators with prey if uploaded as the predator species.
  • No bird: Any image without a visible bird. For example, a photo of habitat, a nest, eggs, or any other image that does not show a bird.

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Quiz tag examples

 

Multiple Species:

Any photo with more than one species of bird visible.

Rate based on the focal species.

In-hand: Any photo of a live bird-in-hand.

This might include mist-netted and rehab birds.

Nest: Any photo of a nest.

The bird may or may not be present in the photo. Also tag as “No bird” if the bird is not visible.

Eggs: Any photo with clearly visible eggs.

This tag can be used whether or not there is a bird in the photo. Do not tag photos with eggs that are not clearly visible.

Habitat: Any photo that is a good representation of the habitat where the bird was found.

The bird may or may not be present in the photo. Also tag as “No bird” if the bird is not visible.

Watermark: Any photo with a watermark of any kind, including signatures or any other text on the image.

Please do not add watermarks or text of any kind on images during upload, but already uploaded images with text should receive this tag.

Back of camera: Any photo or screenshot of the back of a camera, phone, or computer screen.

Any representation of a photo that is not the actual photo should receive this tag. Often uploaded as temporary documentation for rare sightings, these should always be replaced with the actual image eventually.

Dead: Any photo where the primary subject is dead.

This can include specimen photos uploaded with historical data or dead birds found in the wild. Do not tag predators with prey if uploaded as the predator species.

Field notes/sketch: Any photo or scan of a sketch, field notes, or other supporting documentation.

Anything with this tag should also be tagged as “No bird”.

No bird: Any image without a visible bird.

For example, a photo of habitat, a nest, eggs, or any other image that does not show a bird.