9 Small Red Bird Species You Might See
If you see a small red bird in your backyard, you might think it's a cardinal. But take another look, because other birds have red feathers.
Courtesy Rex Thompson
“I finally got all my gear together and was able to catch a cardinal (commonly known as a red bird) posing in the backyard this summer,” says Birds & Blooms reader Rex Thompson. Don’t miss 25 stunning cardinal bird pictures.
Courtesy Joseph Mandy
“I went camping at Garner State Park in Texas with my wife and stepson. Saturday afternoon was windy but beautiful, and suddenly this vermilion flycatcher appeared. Looking through the binocular lens, I couldn’t believe my eyes. What a stunning bird!” says Joseph Mandy. Check out 25 small yellow birds you should know.
Courtesy Victoria Martel
“I’ve always had a love for birds, but I just recently took up birding during quarantine. I took this shot of a male scarlet tanager over Memorial Day weekend, near my parents log home in northern Michigan. The small red bird only appeared for about 15 seconds before disappearing into the woods,” says Victoria Martel. Psst—these photos of blue colored birds are breathtaking!
Courtesy Stacey Aldridge
“I have had a love for birds ever since i can remember. My quest in capturing this photo of a male summer tanager in breeding plumage started last year to no avail. This year i found the perfect opportunity and took this shot,” says Stacey Aldridge.
Courtesy Sarah Meisner
Even with its beautiful raspberry tones, the adult male purple finch can be a challenge to identify. This red bird is often confused with the house finch.
Courtesy Frank Rodin
“I took this photograph of a red-headed woodpecker in the Spring near my home in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. These beautiful black, white and red birds have made a comeback in my area after a decades long absence. I could spend all day photographing them,” says Frank Rodin. Check out 11 gorgeous green birds that you might see.
Courtesy Erik Huebler
“I photographed this common redpoll bird during February 2018, which was an irruption year. I went through 300 pounds of nyjer thistle seed in that month alone. It was amazing to watch!” says Erik Huebler. If you love red bird pictures, don’t miss 20 super pretty pictures of finches.
Courtesy Bernadette Banville
Red and White-Winged Crossbills
Swan Cemetery in Providence, Rhode Island has always been a hotspot year-round for birds. On my way to the entrance I noticed more cars than usual, so I just continued to my usual spot, the pond. I heard this strange peeping sound similar to American goldfinches so I stopped and looked up. The first few photos I took looked like female goldfinches but then a pink/red bird showed up. I showed a guy my photos and his eyes lit up. I guess I was the super birder for that day finding the white-winged crossbills,” says Bernadette Banville.
Courtesy Bradley Peschong
Bradley Peschong shared this photo of a adorable male house finch in the snow. Next, learn how to identify small brown birds you might see.