There are approximately 10,000 bird species, but when most people think of a bird, they think of the typical backyard bird.
Audubon Annual Great Backyard Bird Count Top 10 most commonly reported species to date in the Great Backyard Bird Count 2005:
Bird Popularity Birding has continued to gain popularity. Bird watching is something that most people can easily do right from the comfort of their own home. This has made bird collectible items extremely popular. Bird-themed items include coasters, clocks, figurines, flags, jewelry, magnets, mouse pads, mugs, pillows, plush, puppets, t-shirts, throws, towels, and many more items.
The item with the most demand seems to be the bird figurine, perhaps because figurines in particular are a small decorative item that will fit into almost any decor.
The bird figurine can be found in many forms.
Pewter - When choosing a pewter bird figurine, make sure that it is made from 100% lead-free pewter.
Crystal - The better bird figurine will probably be 100% handcrafted of 24% (or greater) lead crystal.
Resin/Polyresin - A bird figurine that is resin or polyresin may be of excellent quality because there are better ways to create with this material than there was in the past.
Cold cast resin - A bird figurine that is cold cast resin will be denser, so it will be much harder to break.
Alabastrite - Alabastrite is created by combining oxylite and polystone to create stone-based, polyresin material.
Glass - There are many different ways to finish a figurine of glass; so, the quality of a bird figurine will depend on the method used.
Porcelain - Porcelain is a type of hard semi-translucent ceramic generally fired at a higher temperature than glazed earthenware, or stoneware pottery. It is white, but mildly translucent and can be decorated to provide color. A bird figurine that is porcelain will most likely have a shine to it.
Many other materials and finishing methods are available, such as wood, bronze, metal, stone, etc.