Medium-sized land birds

From the pileated woodpecker to the northern flicker, medium-sized birds can be spotted across North America. Learn how to spot them in your area with our helpful species profiles.

10 Interesting Facts About Red-Winged Blackbirds

Get to know fascinating facts about the red-winged blackbird, a bold black and scarlet flier that returns to backyards in spring.

13 Fascinating Facts About Mourning Doves

Mournings doves are beloved in backyards across America. Learn fascinating facts you should know about these beautiful doves.


Meet the Backyard Birds With a Bad Reputation

Rethink your stance on the bad birds in your backyard by learning some birding basics about their behavior and personalities.


Everything You Need to Know About Baby Mourning Doves

We share the answers to the most common questions about baby mourning doves.


Mourning Dove Nests: The Fastest Nest Builders

You'll be amazed at how fast a pair of mourning doves builds a nest. Learn about the nesting habits of...

How to Tell the Difference: Downy vs Hairy Woodpeckers

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


The 4 Best Foods for Attracting Woodpeckers

Attract more woodpeckers to your backyard by serving all of their favorite foods.

Everything You Need to Know About Red-Bellied Woodpeckers

Meet the woodpecker with a puzzling moniker and a big appetite for suet. Here's how to attract and identify red-bellied...


All About Acorn Woodpeckers: Ultimate Stockpilers

Tap into what makes these quirky, clownish woodpeckers so unique. Acorn woodpeckers live in large social groups and hoard thousands...


Meet the Redheads of the Bird World: Red-headed Woodpeckers

Learn more about the red-headed woodpecker including what they look like, what they eat, and how to attract them to...


15 Breathtaking Photos of Mourning Doves

Enjoy a collection of photos that capture the beauty of mourning doves in all seasons, including mourning dove nests and...

Learn to Identify Eurasian Collared Doves

Look for Eurasian collared doves at backyard bird feeders across the central and southern United States.


8 Surprising Facts About Ravens

Learn about the intelligent, fascinating and charming common raven, including where to find ravens and what foods ravens eat.


Tap Into Sapsuckers: The Woodpeckers with a Sweet Tooth

Meet some sweet-toothed members of the woodpecker family, and find out where to spot them.


Red-Headed Woodpecker

The Red-Headed Woodpecker has several colorful nicknames, including flag bird, jelly coat, patriotic bird and shirttail bird.


Red-Bellied Woodpecker

The name Red-Bellied Woodpecker is misleading, for the red patch on its belly is rather faint. It occasionally feeds in...

Pileated Woodpecker

As big as a crow, the pileated woodpecker is the largest member of the woodpecker family in North America. Its...


Northern Flicker

This unusual woodpecker is often seen on the ground, searching for ants and licking them up with its long tongue....


Mourning Dove

A gentle and entertaining nester, the Mourning Dove raises as many as five broods each year! The whistling noise it...


Hairy Woodpecker

Almost identical to the Downy Woodpecker, the Hairy Woodpecker is larger in size and has a much heavier, longer bill.


Downy Woodpecker

Frequent backyard visitors, Downy Woodpeckers may form pairs very early in the season, tapping out their courtship song on a...