Songbirds

With bird calls that range from sweet-sounding to demanding, there are many types of songbirds in North America. From the common American robin to the brightly-colored blue jay, learn about their habitats and hear their bird songs.

Wood Thrush

Wood Thrush

The brown-headed cowbird is in part to blame for the declining numbers of this species. While some songbirds expel cowbird eggs laid in their nests, the Wood Thrush raises the babies, a practice that endangers the survival of its own.

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-Breasted Nuthatch

Famous as the “upside down bird,” the White-Breasted Nuthatch is equally adept at clambering up, down, or around the trunks and major limbs of trees. When visiting bird feeders it may carry away dozens of seeds, one by one, to hide them in crevices of tree bark.

Western Scrub-Jay

Western Scrub-Jay

The Western Scrub-Jay’s raucous call seems to indicate its mischievous behavior. It has been known to steal food from other animals.

Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse

Long regarded as a southern species, the Tufted Titmouse has been spreading northward in recent years. Now these tame, confiding birds are familiar visitors at feeders from Michigan to New England.

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

This around-the-clock songster doesn’t just copy the sounds other birds make. Northern Mockingbirds mimic other things, too – even inanimate objects, like machinery.

Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird

The state bird of Idaho and Nevada, it’s not hard to see why Mountain Bluebirds are among the West’s most sought-after sightings.

House Wren

House Wren

The House Wren is plain to be sure, but its tenacity and nonstop activity make this backyard nester a pleasure to observe.

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