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.

How to Identify and Attract a Pinyon Jay

Swoop into the unique world of the pinyon jay! Discover what the birds eat, where they live, and what makes them unique among jays.

Red-Headed vs Red-Bellied Woodpecker: What’s the Difference?

Did you see a red-headed woodpecker or a red-bellied woodpecker? Learn how to tell these woodpeckers with a similar name...


Mourning Dove vs Pigeon: What’s the Difference?

The pigeon and mourning dove are from the same family, but these stout, short-beaked birds are different in both subtle...


Mourning Dove Lifespan: How Long Do Doves Live?

Mourning doves are beloved backyard birds that form lasting bonds with their mates. But just how long is a mourning...


Is a Turtledove a Real Type of Bird?

If you've only heard turtledoves mentioned at Christmastime, you may wonder if they even exist. Learn where these birds live...

Here’s Why Pigeons Are the Most Misunderstood Birds

When it comes to pigeons, is the hate merited? We chatted with an expert about why you should rethink your...


13 Fascinating Mourning Dove Facts

Mournings doves are common in backyards across America. Learn interesting facts you should know about the beautiful mourning dove.

You Won’t Believe How Fast Mourning Doves Build Nests

You'll be amazed at how fast a pair of mourning doves builds a nest! Learn when you might spot a mourning...


All About Mourning Dove Eggs and Baby Mourning Doves

We share the answers to the most common questions about mourning dove eggs and baby mourning doves, including when they...


What Does a Mourning Dove Call Sound Like?

Listen to the soothing sound of a mourning dove call. The song is described by some as peaceful or mournful....


How to Identify a White-Winged Dove

Learn more about the white-winged dove, including what the bird looks like, what it eats, and where you can find...

Learn to Identify a Eurasian Collared-Dove

Look for the Eurasian collared-dove at bird feeders in central, western and southern states. Learn what these birds look like...


25 Breathtaking Mourning Dove Pictures

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


Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Vs Pileated Woodpecker: Are They Related?

Birders may compare an ivory-billed woodpecker vs a pileated woodpecker, as they share many traits. Experts weigh in on any...


Acorn Woodpeckers Are the Ultimate Stockpilers

Tap into what makes the quirky, clownish acorn woodpecker so unique. Acorn woodpeckers live in large groups and hoard thousands...


Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker: A Woodpecker by Another Name

Don't let the moniker fool you. Yellow-bellied sapsuckers are full-fledged members of the woodpecker family with a one-of-a-kind way of...

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...


14 Mind-Blowing Woodpecker Facts You Should Know

From their tree-climbing abilities to extraordinary hearing, there are plenty of interesting facts to learn about the woodpecker family.


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...


What Do Woodpeckers Eat? The Best Woodpecker Food

Attract woodpeckers to your yard with the best woodpecker food. Learn what woodpecker eat and the best birdseed and feeders...


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.


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...


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...


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...


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...

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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...


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...


9 Fascinating Facts About Common Ravens

Learn raven facts about these intelligent, fascinating and charming birds, including where to find common ravens and what raven birds...


Red Winged Blackbird: 10 Interesting Facts

Get fascinating facts about the red winged blackbird, a black and red bird that returns to backyards in spring. Learn...


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.