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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Look For a Chestnut Sided Warbler During Spring Migration

Discover facts about the chestnut sided warbler, including where to find the birds, migration patterns and what males and females look like.

How to Identify a Cape May Warbler

Learn all about the cheery Cape May warbler, including what males and females look like and how to attract them...


9 Breathtaking Blackburnian Warbler Photos

What bird is black, white and orange all over? The Blackburnian warbler is a gorgeous bird that will take your...


Attract a Prothonotary Warbler With a Birdhouse

Learn how to identify and attract a prothonotary warbler. Find out what the males and females look like, and learn...


Meet the Colorful Canada Warbler

Learn what a Canada warbler looks like and where to find them during breeding season and migration. Also see fellow...

How to Identify a Northern Parula

Learn how to attract and identify a northern parula, a blue and yellow bird in the warbler family. Find out...


Meet the Mallard: The Most Common Duck in the World

The mallard duck is the the most common duck in the world. Mallards usually nest near the water’s edge. Learn...


20 Pictures That Will Change How You Look at Sparrows

From sparrows in winter to sweet baby sparrows, these sparrow pictures prove there is much to appreciate about these energetic,...


What Foods, How Often and How Much Do Hummingbirds Eat?

Birding experts discuss what do hummingbirds eat—and how often they eat it! A hummingbird's diet includes more foods than you...


17 Types of Sparrow Birds That You Should Know

Think telling sparrows apart is just not worth the effort? Our tips might change your mind. Identify sparrows by habitat,...


Meet the Towhee Birds Scratching up a Storm

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


Listen for the Sweet Sounds of a Song Sparrow

Learn how to identify a song sparrow. Find out what these musical sparrows look like and sound like, and learn...


Head West to Spot a Spotted Towhee

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

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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.


House Sparrow: Least Wanted Backyard Birds

House sparrows aren't popular among birders, and for good reason. Learn more about them to better deal with these birds...


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...


Royal Bird: Meet the White Crowned Sparrow

With crisp black-and-white head stripes and regional differences in song, this stunning sparrow is anything but ordinary.


How to Identify a Lincoln’s Sparrow

Learn what features to look for on a Lincoln's sparrow, where to find this bird, and how to attract the...


How to Identify and Attract a Tree Swallow

Learn how to identify a male and female tree swallow. Find out about their nests, song, range map and what...


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...


What Does a Dark Eyed Junco Sound Like and Look Like?

Learn how to identify a dark eyed junco. See what the male and female juncos and nests look like and...

What Do Juncos Eat and How to Attract Them

Flocks of juncos arrive with cold snowy weather. Learn the best foods to offer at feeders and plants to grow...


Meet the Slate Colored Junco and Other Types of Juncos

Learn to identify six different types of dark-eyed juncos, including the slate colored junco and Oregon junco, and find out...


Meet the Snowbirds: 8 Cool Facts About Junco Birds

Discover facts about winter's favorite visitor: dark-eyed junco! Learn how long a junco bird lives. Also see why they are...


House Finch vs Purple Finch: How to Tell the Difference

It can be tricky to tell a house finch vs purple finch — here are the field marks and differences...


Look for Energetic Verdin Birds in the Southwest

Find and attract verdins in southwestern scrubland settings. Plus, learn about verdin nests, see what verdins look like, and...


How to Identify a Western Bluebird

Learn distinctive markings to identify a western bluebird, discover which habitats they call home and where they nest, and more.