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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Go Up North to See a Great Gray Owl

The great gray owl is the largest owl in North America, measuring over 2 foot tall! Find out where you...


Head West to Spot a Lewis’s Woodpecker

When you spot a beautiful woodpecker that doesn’t act like one, there’s a good chance it is the agile and...


Are These Domestic Mallards or Wild Ducks?

If you spotted a duck with unique coloring it might be a domestic mallard. See what the birding experts say...


Meet the Magnificent Rivoli’s Hummingbird

The Rivoli's hummingbird is a striking, shimmery flier. Learn how to identify these gorgeous birds and why their name was...


Hummingbird Eyes Can See More Colors Than Humans

A research study reveals a hummingbird's large eyes see the world in a wider range of brilliant colors than people...


How to Identify a Painted Bunting

A painted bunting sports a rainbow of colors. Learn what males and females look like, what they eat, and what...


What Does a Cardinal Song Sound Like?

Northern cardinals are one of the few birds with male and female singers. Learn what a cardinal song sounds like...


Meet the Varied Thrush: Voice of the Northwest

Learn everything you need to know about the colorful varied thrush, a bird known for its dramatic beauty and haunting...

How Long Do Hummingbirds Live?

How long do hummingbirds live? What determines their survival? Here's how old the hummingbirds in your yard grow to be—and...


Costa’s Hummingbird: Jewel of the Desert

Find out what a Costa's hummingbird looks like. Also discover the southwestern range where you can see this tiny yet...


What Foods Do Northern Mockingbirds Eat?

Do northern mockingbirds visit bird feeders? Find out what foods mockingbirds eat and how to attract them to your backyard.


Head West to Spot a Spotted Towhee

The spotted towhee was once called the rufous-sided towhee. Hear their song, learn what they eat and see what males...


See a Violet-Crowned Hummingbird in the Southwest

Look for a violet-crowned hummingbird in Arizona and New Mexico. Learn what this bird looks like, what they sound like...


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 (and where) you might spot...


How to Identify a Tennessee Warbler

Learn the key field marks to identify a Tennessee warbler, and where to look for these birds during migration and...


No Ordinary Duck: Meet the Northern Shoveler

This duck species is easy to identify once you spot its heavy bill. Northern shoveler ducks are dabblers, filter-feeding on...


How to Identify a Common Gallinule

Learn what a common gallinule looks like and where to find this water bird. Plus, find out what name the...

What Is That Black Duck With the White Beak?

The American coot looks like a black duck with a white beak, but it's actually a member of the rail...


Meet the Brilliantly Colored Buff-Bellied Hummingbird

Buff-bellied hummingbirds shimmer in southern Texas. Find out what they look like, what foods they eat, and where they build...


How to Identify and Attract a Bushtit Bird

A bushtit is a tiny gray bird with a long tail. Find out where to look for flocks of tiny,...


7 Fascinating Sparrow Facts You Should Know

Think sparrows are boring brown birds? Think again! Get the scoop on these familiar feathered friends with sparrow facts and...


Grackle vs Starling: How to Tell the Difference

These common black colored birds with shiny feathers are easily confused! Learn the key differences between a grackle vs a...


How to Identify and Attract a Carolina Chickadee

Attract a Carolina chickadee with birdseed and nest boxes. Learn to tell the difference between a Carolina chickadee vs a...

How to Identify a Lucifer Hummingbird

Get details about the bright colored lucifer hummingbird, including what males and females look like. Plus learn about their nests...


How to Identify a White-Breasted Nuthatch

The white-breasted nuthatch is adept at clambering up, down or around tree trunks. Learn what they look like and what...


Identify and Attract an Allen’s Hummingbird

Learn what a male, female and juvenile Allen's hummingbird looks like. Learn about their range, preferred habitat and migration.


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11 Fascinating Northern Cardinal Bird Facts

Meet the recognizable and beloved northern cardinal. Get cardinal bird facts, including why male cardinals are red, and where cardinals...


Steller’s Jays: Clever Black and Blue Birds

Discover what makes the Steller's jay so special, including its social nature, clever tricks, and striking black and blue feathers.


19 Fun Owl Facts You Should Know

Here are some fascinating and fun owl facts about this one-of-a-kind group of birds. Learn about owl eyes, feet, sounds...