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From helpful bird species profiles to expert tips on attracting birds to your yard – we have all the information you need to start birding.

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The Best Cardinal Bird Feeders and Birdseed

Cardinals are beloved backyard birds. To attract more redbirds, fill these cardinal bird feeders with their favorite types of birdseed.

Proven Ways to Attract and Identify Northern Cardinals

Attract cardinals to your backyard by growing plants with the berries and seeds they love to eat, and shrubs for...


How to Attract Hummingbirds: 9 Expert Tips

Attracting hummingbirds is easy when you start thinking like a hummingbird! Birding experts explain how to attract hummingbirds...


11 Frequently Asked Questions About Attracting Hummingbirds

Get answers to common questions about feeding and attracting hummingbirds and hummingbird behavior from a birding expert.


17 Jaw-Dropping Facts About Hummingbirds

Discover fun hummingbird facts, like what is on the hummingbird diet, colors of their feathers, if they sing,...

All About the Nuthatch Family: Bird Acrobats

Learn where to spot the four nuthatch species in North America and how to attract them. Several nuthatches are friendly...


What Do Cedar Waxwings Eat and How to Attract Them

If you want to know to attract cedar waxwings to your yard, you need to know, what do cedar waxwings...

The Top 12 Cutest Birds in America

The votes are in—see if your favorite bird made our list of the cutest birds in America. Then get the...


10 Types of Woodpeckers Birders Should Know

Readers share pictures of woodpeckers that show the beauty of these amazing birds. Look for these 10 types of woodpeckers...


6 Fascinating Facts About State Birds

Discover interesting facts about noteworthy state birds. Learn about the fascinating stories behind these regional feathered symbols.


The 4 Foods Nuthatches Love to Eat

What do nuthatches eat? Attract acrobatic nuthatches to your yard by offering a buffet of their favorite foods and seeds...

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Why Do Woodpeckers Peck and How to Stop It

Woodpeckers have a unique way to drum up attention. Learn why woodpeckers peck wood, trees and metal and how to...


Female Cowbird: Flying Under the Radar

A female cowbird is a dull looking bird with plain plumage that is easy to miss in the backyard. But...


How to Store Bird Seed and Keep It Fresh

If you want to feed the birds in your backyard, it's important to do so safely. Learn how to store...


Are Pileated Woodpeckers Common at Feeders?

The birding experts respond to a backyard birder's question about how to attract the large pileated woodpecker to a feeder.


How Do Woodpeckers Use Their Tongues?

Learn all about a woodpecker tongue and the unique features it has to capture insects. Also find out how a...

How to Identify a Hairy Woodpecker

The hairy woodpecker is a black and white woodpecker with a strong call. Attract these birds with suet feeders and...


Sapsucker Birds: Woodpeckers With a Sweet Tooth

Meet the sapsuckers, sweet-toothed members of the woodpecker family. Learn what to do if a sapsucker bird damages a tree.


Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts of Birding in the Field

Let's get back to birding basics. Here's with some helpful tips and etiquette for enjoying bird-watching with others.


The Best Suet Feeders for Winter Birds

Winter will be upon us soon and your feathered friends need suet for energy. Check out the best suet feeder...


Northern Flicker: Unique, Beautiful Woodpeckers

Whether a northern flicker is gobbling ants on the ground or climbing a tree trunk, this bird's stunning field marks...


Downy Woodpecker: Meet the Downies

A downy woodpecker is a small black and white bird that visits suet feeders. Listen to their call and see...


Do Northern Cardinals Mate for Life?

We asked our birding experts: Do northern cardinals mate for life? Find out how cardinals keep their bond through the...


All About Red Bellied Woodpeckers

Meet the woodpecker with a puzzling moniker and a big appetite for suet. Here's how to attract and identify a...

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Red Headed Woodpecker: Redheads of the Bird World

Learn more about the red-headed woodpecker, including what males and females look like, what they eat, and what their call...


How to Attract and Identify Pine Siskins

When pine siskins visit backyards, they come in droves. These feisty finches love thistle seeds. Learn what a pine siskin...


How to Identify a White Throated Sparrow

Learn all about the white throated sparrow. Our birding experts reveal what these sparrows look like, sound like and what...


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Winter Is Coming: Your Birds Need a Heated Bird Bath

One of the best ways to help winter birds is to provide fresh water. Get expert winter bird bath tips,...


Fascinating Facts About Hummingbird Banding

You hear about banding of songbirds and raptors, but rarely about hummingbird banding. Turns out that it's an extremely specialized...


Funny Things Kids Say About Nature

Birds & Blooms readers share hilarious quotes from their kids and grandkids about birds, butterflies and nature.