Tune in to the copycat songs of mockingbirds, catbirds and thrashers.
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.
When these sociable birds aren’t weaving through branches on the hunt for insects, they’re flocking to backyard feeders.
Keep your eyes and ears open for this talkative songbird.
Look for these large, eye-catching birds.
Discover why you should be listening for these top-notch types of songbirds.
Considered one of the biggest, brassiest songbirds in North America, blue jays are easy to attract with these simple ideas.
Brown thrashers are excellent mimics. They can sing more than 1,000 tunes. Learn more about these elusive songbirds and how to spot one near you.
Swallows spend much of their time in the wild blue yonder. Learn the birding basics of where to spot these colorful songbirds when they come down to earth.
Learn where and how to spot the four species of nuthatches found in North America.
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.
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.
The Western Scrub-Jay’s raucous call seems to indicate its mischievous behavior. It has been known to steal food from other animals.
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.
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.
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.
The House Wren is plain to be sure, but its tenacity and nonstop activity make this backyard nester a pleasure to observe.
Don’t let the Gray Catbird fool you with its mimic calls. It can easily imitate the songs of other popular backyard birds.
A lucky observer might see a row of sociable Cedar Waxwings perched on a branch, passing a berry down the line and back again, bill to bill, in a ceremony that ends when one swallows the food.
The loud, ringing call of the Carolina Wren is one of the commonest sounds of southeastern woods, where it is heard even in winter. The bird has been called “mocking wren” because it sometimes sounds like a catbird, kingfisher or certain other birds.
You won’t have to see this brash blue bird to know it’s on its way to pillage your feeder of sunflower seeds and peanuts. Its harsh cry is unmistakable.
It’s one of the friendliest fliers in North America, and many have convinced the Black-Capped Chickadee to eat from their hand.
This average-size songbird is the standard by which all other songbirds are measured. Many consider the American Robin’s bright red breast a sign of spring.
You won’t attract the Eastern Bluebird to your yard with seed, but there is another secret ingredient that will surely get its attention: mealworms.