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Where can you find free stock images of birds online?

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Examples of websites that offer free stock photos of birds include StockVault, Shutterstock and FreeDigitalPhotos.net. However, the type of photo offered can vary based on the site.

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Where can you find free stock images of birds online?
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FreeDigitalPhotos.net functions primarily as an archive of photographs, allowing users to filter image results based on license types and orientation and distinguishing between photographs and illustrations. However, not all image sizes are available for free. Shutterstock does not discriminate between stock photos, illustrations and vector art, requiring specific keywords to narrow down search results, but requires a subscription-based membership to download images for personal use. Stockvault groups different types of images together, but keeps free and premium images separate. No membership is needed to download free images, but there is generally only one size of image available.

However, the creators of free stock photos still retain their copyright, warns StockPhotoRights.com. Stock images are separated into two categories: royalty-free and rights-managed. Royalty-free photos require a license fee, but allow stock photos to be used in a wide variety of ways, while rights-managed photos can have restrictions on their duration of use, location, industry and anything else. Websites that offer free stock photos generally require attribution or place restrictions on use that prevent photos from promoting products or services.

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