Bird Species

We’ve rounded up profiles for some of the most popular North American bird species. Learn how to attract these fine feathered friends and listen to their songs.

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How to Identify a Mountain Bluebird

This species is the state bird of Idaho and Nevada. It’s not hard to see why mountain bluebirds are among the West’s most sought-after birds.

Barn Owls: Ghostly Nocturnal Birds of Prey

Look for flashes of white when driving on dark country roads, and you might spot a barn owl. Learn about...


8 Must-Visit Hawk Migration Hotspots

Millions of hawks, eagles, and falcons soar through the skies as they migrate. Check out the best hawk migration hotspots...


7 Fascinating Facts About Swift Birds

Learn facts you need to know about a swift bird. These airborne birds can’t sit still. Get facts about swift...


5 Fascinating Burrowing Owl Facts

Forget the treetops—a burrowing owl nests underground. Some use the dens of other animals. Look for these small owls in...

How to Identify and Attract a Carolina Chickadee

Attract Carolina chickadees with their favorite foods and nest boxes. Learn to tell the difference between a Carolina chickadee...


How to Identify Eastern and Western Screech Owls

It’s difficult to ID Eastern and Western screech owl species—location is your best bet. Hear their call and learn about...

Snowy Owl Facts (and Where to Find Them!)

Find out where snowy owls live, what they eat, how to spot a snowy owl, and see pictures of what...


Great Horned Owl: The Greatest Nocturnal Hunter

If there’s a nesting owl in your neighborhood, there’s a good chance it’s a great horned owl. Get an up-close...


Discover the Amazing Types of Owls in North America

Watch your backyard come to life as amazing owl species swoop through the night skies. Get to know the types...


Meet Golden Crowned and Ruby Crowned Kinglets

Look in the treetops for ruby crowned kinglets and golden crowned kinglets during migration. Learn how to identify these tiny...

Watch for the American Tree Sparrow in Winter

After breeding in the northern reaches of North America, the American tree sparrow arrives in much of the lower 48...


ID Challenge: Cooper’s Hawk vs Sharp Shinned Hawk

A common backyard birding challenge is learning how to ID a Cooper's hawk vs a sharp-shinned hawk. Look closely at...


Head South to See a Brown Headed Nuthatch

Learn how to identify a brown headed nuthatch. See photos of what these birds look like, find out what they...


Watch Your Fall Feeders for a Red Breasted Nuthatch

Invite the nimble red breasted nuthatch to your feeders with sunflower seeds and suet. These active birds are entertaining to...


White Breasted Nuthatch: The Upside Down Bird

The white breasted nuthatch is adept at clambering up, down or around the trunks and limbs of trees.

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...


11 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...


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 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.


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...

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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...


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...


Fall ID Tips: Blackpoll Warbler vs Bay Breasted Warbler

Fall warblers can be very confusing. Learn how to tell the difference between the blackpoll warbler and bay breasted warbler.


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Bullies or Beauties? All About Grackle Birds

Grackles are large blackbirds that have a reputation as bullies at feeders. There are three types of grackle birds to...