Save on Pinterest

Funny Bird Pictures That Will Make You Squawk With Laughter

From an ‘awkward’ bluebird family photo to a gull deciding whether to follow the beach rules, these funny bird pictures will make you smile.

acorn woodpeckerCourtesy Kitty Warner

Sometimes our favorite common backyard fliers are regal and poised, inspiring awe as they display a variety of brilliant colors and beautiful songs. But sometimes, as shown in these funny bird pictures, they’re just plain hilarious.

Check out this chuckle-worthy collection of snaps, which includes everything from a raven finding a unique perch to a mountain chickadee making friends with a snowman.

Also check out these 13 funny squirrel pictures you need to see.

09 Rebeccaboyd Bbon19Courtesy Rebecca Boyd

Say Cheese…

“These eastern bluebirds proved there’s always one joker who has to mess up the family photo!” Rebecca Boyd says. Don’t miss more beautiful pictures of bluebirds.

These funny animal photos are sure to make you smile.

17 Barbarareams Bbxmar19Courtesy Barbara Reams

Making It Fit

“This little wren was trying to add a long twig to her new home, but she kept dropping her treasure. She kept retrieving it from the ground and continuing her effort. Her determination paid off when she put the end of the twig in her beak, and she looked like an oversized hummingbird as she as she guided the twig into their home’s small entrance! Her perseverance resulted in a safe and beautiful home for the babies she raised last spring,” Barbara Reams says. Check out 7 amazing nature photos you won’t want to miss.

17 Bradmoser Bbxmar20, great horned owl, funny bird picturesCourtesy Brad Moser

New Friends

Birds & Blooms reader Brad Moser put a fake owl in his barn window before this great horned owl family moved in. Brad says it looked as if they were posing for a family portrait. When you’re done looking at funny bird pictures, check out these 15 outstanding pictures of owls.

17 Jeanettebrooksmilano Bbxmay19, gull, funny bird picturesCourtesy Jeanette Brooks Milano

The Rules Say What?!

“I took this at Pot Holes State Park south of Moses Lake, WA. I thought it looked like the gull must have been questioning the sign,” Jeanette Brooks Milano says. You have to see the winner of the 2021 Backyard Photo Contest.

17 Jennyburdette Bbas19, mockingbird, funny bird photosCourtesy Jenny Burdette

Getting a New Perspective

“I spend a lot of time birdwatching with camera in hand, waiting for one of the birds visiting my backyard to “strike a pose.” This mockingbird rewarded my patience by flipping his head and looking at me upside down!” Jenny Burdette says. Psst—we found 18 beautiful blue jay photos.

17 Peterbrannon Bbjj19, laughing gull, pelican, funny bird picturesCourtesy Peter Brannon

King of the World

“I was photographing birds at Florida’s Fort DeSoto Park when a laughing gull that was pestering a pelican for fish decided to take it to the next level!” Peter Brannon says. Check out 35 stunning hummingbird photos.

18 Pauldesjardins Bbdj19Courtesy Paul Desjardins

A Frosty Friend

“For several consecutive winters mountain chickadees have visited our backyard. Naturally curious, they tend to flutter about investigating the various snow-related activities. This year, a bird took an interest in the snowman my granddaughter had built. Perched on its carrot nose, the chickadee seems to be gazing directly at its face,” Paul Desjardins says.

If you’re a fan of chickadees, you have to see these heartwarming photos of baby chickadees.

Bnbbyc16 Colleen Guthery, saw-whet owl, funny bird picturesCourtesy Colleen Guthery

A Case of the Mondays

“While out for an early morning walk on our ranch with the dog, my husband came upon this young saw whet owl. The owl was very curious about him and flew a few laps around his head before settling down for a nap. The owl showed no fear at all of the big man and dog,” Colleen Guthery says. Check out 13 fun facts about owls.

Bnbbyc19 Julie Strey, sandhill crane, red-winged blackbird, funny bird picturesCourtesy Julie Strey

Going for a Ride

“My husband and I were driving near Horicon NWR when we noticed a sandhill crane walking down a road, being harassed by red-winged blackbirds. The crane had enough of the blackbirds and tried to fly away, but this one dove right onto the crane’s back, even pulling at its feathers. In the photo, it looks like the blackbird is crane surfing,” Julie Strey says.

Discover 5 types of blackbirds you should know.

Couclc18 Richard Mcbride, vultures, funny bird picturesCourtesy Richard McBride

The Water’s Fine — Or Is It?

“This picture is telling me in more ways than one not to go swimming in this area! It is like the vultures are just waiting for someone to swim at their own risk. I like this picture because it makes me laugh,” Richard McBride says. Don’t miss 25 simply stunning cardinal bird pictures.

17 Lesliescopes Bbxmay21, great-tailed grackle, funny bird picturesCourtesy Leslie Scopes Anderson

“But I WANT It!”

Birds & Blooms reader Leslie Scopes Anderson took funny bird pictures of a young great-tailed grackle following its mother around. We found even more pictures of super cute baby birds.

Country National Parks Contest 2016, Christie Winter, funny bird picturesCourtesy Christie Winter

A Perfect Perch

“I was very amused at this raven posing as #1 raven atop the parking lot section marker at Grand Canyon National Park,” Christie Winter says. Here’s how to tell the difference between a crow vs a raven.

chantal major, funny bird picturesCourtesy Chantal Major

Who’s It For, Again?

The birds? Yeah, not so much. Photographer Chantal Major said she enjoys the humor in this photo. Check out 20 pretty pictures of finches.

funny bird picturesCourtesy Raven Ouellette

Seed Stealer

“I took some funny bird pictures at Ojibway Park in Windsor, Ontario. The little downy woodpecker is giving a northern cardinal a not-so-impressed look for stealing its seed!” Raven Ouellette says. You’ll be surprised to learn these interesting cardinal facts.

snowy owlCourtesy Sandra Seehafer Dziok

Time for a Nap

“In the early spring we are fortunate to see snowy owls, if you know where they hang out. This year I happened upon this beautiful owl while it was sunbathing. This owl sat on this pole for at least a half hour. It was bored with my presence, so it yawned and fluffed its feathers,” Sandra Seehafer Dziok says. Next, don’t miss the 51 best winter bird photos.

Emily Hannemann
Emily Hannemann is an associate digital editor for Birds & Blooms. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in magazine writing from the University of Missouri - Columbia. When she’s not writing and editing, you’ll find her swimming, running, or hiking. She knows blue jays are controversial, but she loves them anyway.