Finches and Buntings

From sociable finches to colorful buntings, these beautiful backyard birds can be seen across North America. Learn about the types of finches and buntings you can spot in your area, and find out how to attract them.

Pine Siskin vs Goldfinch: How to Tell the Difference

Pine siskins and goldfinches are similar small birds in the finch family. Learn how to tell the difference between pine siskin vs goldfinch.

Meet the 3 Types of Goldfinches in the United States

There are three types of goldfinches across the United States. Learn what these goldfinch species look like and where to...


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American Goldfinch: The Golden Bird

The American goldfinch is one of the last songbirds to breed each summer. Look for these bright, thistle-loving beauties in...


Proven Ways to Attract and Identify Northern Cardinals

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


How to Identify a Varied Bunting

Look for varied buntings along the southwest border in Texas and Arizona, or in Mexico. See photos of the males...

6 Beautiful Bunting Birds You Should Know

Meet the bunting bird family, which includes colorful members, including the varied bunting and lark bunting. See photos to help...


Lazuli Buntings: Vibrant Jewels of the West

Get to know lazuli buntings and where to find them. See the males' dazzling and colorful plumage, learn what females...

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.


How to Identify Snow Buntings

In winter, look for snow buntings on shorelines, open fields and weedy roadsides. In spring, these birds head north to...


Rainbow Birds: All About Painted Buntings

Painted buntings sport a jaw-dropping rainbow of colors. Learn what males and females look like, what they eat and see...


Look and Listen for Bright Blue Indigo Buntings

Learn what male and female indigo buntings look like, what their song sounds like and about their nests and eggs....

Look Up High to Spot Stunning Scarlet Tanagers

Birders may spot scarlet tanagers high in forest canopies across the eastern states. During summer, males are red and black...


Meet the Pyrrhuloxia: Desert Cardinal of the Southwest

Learn all about the pyrrhuloxia, or desert cardinal, a bird found in the Southwest. Experts describe what this species looks...


Evening Grosbeaks Are Special Winter Visitors

In winter, yellow evening grosbeaks wander in flocks. Their travels are unpredictable, but they may show up at bird feeders...


5 Grosbeaks Backyard Birders Should Know

Learn how to identify five species of grosbeaks in North America. Look for these large, colorful, eye-catching birds at your...


Head Up North to See Pine Grosbeaks

Pine grosbeaks are a common species in Canada's boreal forests and the western mountains. This tame oversized finch adds color...

Get Ready for Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks

Learn what male, female and juvenile rose-breasted grosbeaks look like, what their song sounds like, what they eat and about...


Go West to See Black-Headed Grosbeaks

If it's spring in the west, fill a feeder with sunflower seeds and you may soon discover a pair of...


How to Attract and Identify Purple Finches

Attracting a purple finch is easy with the right food, but identifying them can be tricky! Here's the best way...


Do Cardinals Mate for Life?

We asked our birding experts if male and female cardinals mate for life and how they keep their bond through...


Irruption Alert: Look for Evening Grosbeaks at Bird Feeders

Backyard birders should watch for evening grosbeaks in winter 2020. The annual finch forecast also reveals other species you might...


What Does a Cardinal’s Call Sound Like?

Northern cardinals are one of the few bird species with both male and female singers. Learn what a cardinal call...


House Finches and Purple Finches: How to Tell the Difference

House finches and purple finches look very similar. Birding experts explain how backyard birders can identify these finches.


How to Attract and Identify Pine Siskins

When pine siskins visit backyards, they come in droves. These hungry and feisty finches love fresh thistle seeds and black-oil...

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Meet the Towhees: The Birds Scratching Up a Storm in your Backyard

Look down! That noise under your shrubs is a shy, ground-feeding towhee in search of its next meal.


Spotted Towhee

Once grouped with its eastern counterpart in a species called the rufous-sided towhee, the Spotted Towhee now has its own...


Purple Finch

In late summer, the Purple Finch begins to molt, and in winter plumage, a male’s reddish areas appear frosted. With...


Pine Siskin

Prone to irruptions in wintertime, Pine Siskins are cute little nomads whose range spans throughout the United States and Canada....


House Finch

A western species until the 1940s, the House Finch was introduced to the East Coast by an unethical pet dealer....


Eastern Towhee

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