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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Black Capped Chickadee vs Carolina Chickadee: ID Challenge

Learn to tell the difference between a black capped chickadee vs a Carolina chickadee. See what these birds look like and where to find them.

The Chickadee Birds: All About Chickadees

To attract and identify the types of chickadees in North America, learn about chickadee songs, favorite foods and where they...


How to Identify and Attract a Mountain Chickadee

Learn what foods a mountain chickadee eats, what these small songbirds look like and sound like, where to spot them...


19 Magical Bird Photos of Cardinals in Snow

Few sights are as enchanting as a cardinal in snow, and these beautiful photos of redbirds in winter will delight...


Look Down Low to Spot an Eastern Towhee

When you’re watching for this songbird, look out below. The Eastern towhee spends most of its time on the ground,...

How to Identify and Attract a Tree Swallow

Tree swallows arrive early in spring and may even stay all winter. When insects are unavailable, a tree swallow eats...


25 Simply Stunning Cardinal Bird Pictures

Cardinals are among the most popular and beloved birds in America, and these cardinal pictures make it easy to see...

What Do Cardinals Eat? How to Attract Cardinals

Attract cardinals by learning what cardinals eat, and where cardinals nest. Offer seeds and berries and grow shrubs for shelter.


Do Northern Cardinals Mate for Life?

We asked our birding experts: Do northern cardinals mate for life? Find out how long cardinals live and stay with...


How to Identify a Wood Thrush

Learn how to identify and attract a wood thrush, what their song sounds like, what these birds eat and where...


Head to Hawaii to See a Red Crested Cardinal

If you love northern cardinals, you may want to book a trip to Hawaii, South America or Puerto Rico to...

Meet the Humble (but Adorable) House Finch

Learn how to identify and attract a house finch. Find out facts about the house finch nest, eggs, range, habitat...


Sky Hunters: What Foods Do Hawks Eat?

Learn about all of the different foods that are on the menu for the hawks of North America.


What’s a White Winged Dove Doing Up North?

Learn more about the white winged dove, how to tell one apart from a mourning dove, and why it may...


Cliff Swallow vs Barn Swallow: Spot the Differences

Learn how to look for the differences between a cliff swallow vs a barn swallow, two similar birds that are...


Meet the Large, Red Crowned Pileated Woodpecker

The red crowned pileated woodpecker is the largest woodpecker in North America. Learn about their call and sound, size and...

13 Fun Facts About Owls You Should Know

Here are some of the most fascinating and fun facts about owls, a one-of-a-kind group of birds. Learn about...


6 Surprising Facts About Arctic Birds

Arctic birds feel right at home in an icy climate.


Downy vs Hairy Woodpecker: How to Tell the Difference

These woodpecker species look quite similar but there are some differences, too. Compare downy vs hairy woodpeckers with expert ID...


How to Identify and Attract a Chipping Sparrow

Bring this cheerful, common summer bird species into your backyard with our top tips for identifying and attracting a chipping...


Bohemian Waxwing vs Cedar Waxwing: ID Tips

Know what to look for the next time a waxwing bird feasts on your berry tree. Learn to ID a...


How to Identify a Wood Duck

If you live near water, put up a nest box and you may attract a wood duck to your yard....


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...


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...

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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...