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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Common Redpoll vs House Finch: ID Challenge

These red-crowned finches can be difficult to tell apart. Learn key traits to spot the differences between a common redpoll...


How to Identify a Harris’s Hawk

If you see dark-colored raptors in the southwestern desert, you might've spotted Harris's hawks. Find out why they're known as...


How to Identify a Red-Tailed Hawk

Which hawk are you seeing? Here's how to tell if your bird is an adult or juvenile red-tailed hawk. Learn...


Meet the Raptors: Amazing Birds of Prey

Find out why these raptor bird species, including hawks, owls, kites and more, are some of the most captivating birds...


Meet the Merlin: Falcon on the Hunt

Learn about the merlin falcon: a stocky, swift bird of prey with medieval European ties. Plus, are they connected to...


How to Identify a Northern Harrier

What is that bird of prey gliding over the grasslands? Learn what a northern harrier looks like, and what similarity...


Head West to See a Ferruginous Hawk

Learn what a ferruginous hawk looks like, what foods are on the menu, and where to find this uncommon bird...


Look for a Rough-Legged Hawk in Winter

Learn what a rough-legged hawk looks like and when and where birders can spot these birds of prey in North...

The American Kestrel Is the Smallest Falcon

Learn all about the American kestrel, a small bird with a big presence. Plus, learn what you can do to...


How to Identify a Broad-Winged Hawk

Learn what an adult and juvenlie broad-winged hawk looks like and where to find them during breeding season and migration.


Look for Swainson’s Hawks in the Summer Skies

Learn what a Swainson's hawk looks like, what they eat and where (and when) birders can find them in North...


How to Identify a Common Nighthawk

Watch the night skies for a common nighthawk. These insect eaters have one of the longest migration journeys of any...


Look for a Red-Naped Sapsucker in the Rocky Mountains

Learn what a red-naped sapsucker looks like, and find out where to go to add this member of the woodpecker...


How to Identify a Rare Red-Cockaded Woodpecker

If you've spotted an unusual woodpecker in a southeastern pine forest, it might just be a red-cockaded woodpecker! Learn more...


Look for the Gila Woodpecker in the Desert

Combining beauty, personality and a critical role in the desert ecosystem, Gila woodpeckers are fascinating birds to attract to the...


All About the White-Headed Woodpecker

Learn what a white-headed woodpecker looks like and where to spot this species. Also find out how you can attract...


How to Identify a Black-Backed Woodpecker

If you live in the Northwest near a recently burned forest, you might see a black-backed woodpecker. Learn how to...

Red-Headed Woodpeckers: Redheads of the Bird World

Learn more about the red-headed woodpecker. Find out what the male, female and juvenile birds look like, what they eat,...


Meet the Gorgeous Golden-Fronted Woodpecker

At first glance you might think a golden-fronted woodpecker is a red-bellied. Here's what makes this woodpecker unique—and where to...


Downy vs Hairy Woodpecker: How to Tell the Difference

These black and white woodpecker species look quite similar. Compare a downy vs hairy woodpecker with expert identification tips.


Look for the Nuttall’s Woodpecker in California

Head to the Golden State to see these birds. Find out what a Nuttall's woodpecker looks like, what they eat...


How to Identify a Red-Breasted Sapsucker

If you're seeing rows of holes on trees, they might be from a red-breasted sapsucker! Learn what the birds look...


How to Identify a Ladder-Backed Woodpecker

Meet the ladder-backed woodpecker. This delightful bird makes its home in the harsh conditions of southwestern deserts.

10 Fascinating California Condor Facts You Should Know

Learn how the California condor came back from the brink of extinction. Plus, learn where these large birds live and...


How to Identify a Barred Owl

Learn what a barred owl looks like and what their call sounds like. Plus learn where you can spot these...


Meet the Long-Eared Owl and the Short-Eared Owl

Learn how to tell the difference between a long-eared owl and a short-eared owl. Find out where you can spot...


13 Types of Woodpeckers Birders Should Know

Readers share pictures of woodpeckers that show the beauty of these amazing birds. Look for these types of woodpeckers across...


Sapsucker Birds: Woodpeckers With a Sweet Tooth

Meet the sapsuckers, tree sap eating members of the woodpecker family. Learn what to do if a sapsucker bird damages...


The Elf Owl Is the Smallest Owl in the World

The elf owl is as small as a sparrow. Learn what these tiny birds of prey look like, what they...