It was your favorite instrument back in middle school band, but do you know how many instruments actually fall in the flute family? This list of flute instruments will help you out! Here you'll find all of the most popular types of flutes, as we've included any well-known instrument group, along with photos when available. From the Irish flute to the fife, you'll find a number of different wind instruments on this list.Unlike other kinds of woodwind instruments, the flute works differently. Sound is created by the flow of air across the opening, instead of with a reed. Of all the different kinds of flutes, what is your favorite? Check out these instruments (with pictures) on this list, and tell us in the comments!