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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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...


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...


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...


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.


Eastern Bluebirds Love Wide Open Spaces

You won’t attract an eastern bluebird with birdseed, but there is another secret ingredient that will surely get attention: mealworms.


Made to Wade: All About Wading Birds

Elegant and graceful, wading birds capture artists' imaginations. Here are interesting facts and gorgeous photos of wading birds.


Get to Know the Gravity-Defying Nuthatch Bird Family

Moving headfirst down tree trunks is just one nuthatch bird trait. Find out more about the members of this fun-to-watch...


How to Identify a Mountain Bluebird

This species is the state bird of Idaho and Nevada. It’s not hard to see why mountain bluebirds are among...


How to Identify a Palm Warbler

Learn what a palm warbler looks like, where birders can find these warblers in different seasons, and what foods these...

Meet the Rosy Finch (and Learn the Best Place to See One)

To spot a rosy finch, birders should visit the western mountains. Learn about the best place to find the three...


How to Attract and Identify a Pine Siskin

When pine siskins visit, expect a flock. These feisty finches love thistle seeds. Learn what a pine siskin looks like...


Meet the Crossbill Birds: Ultimate Nomads

From their funky-looking beaks to peculiar migrations, see and learn what makes red crossbills and white-winged crossbill birds so special.


Watch Your Feeders in Winter for a Common Redpoll

The resilient common redpoll brings lively cheer to cool-weather feeders. This small bird can handle the coldest temperatures in winter.


7 Types of Finch Birds to Look for in Winter

Flying where the food supply takes them, these seven colorful types of finches are a rare backyard treat. Look for...


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.

5 Essential Hawk Identification Tips for Birders

Use expert tips and a helpful chart to improve your hawk identification skills. Plus, learn about the common types of...


Pine Siskin vs Goldfinch: How to Tell the Difference

Pine siskins are small birds in the finch family that look like sparrows. Learn how to tell the difference between...


Dive Into Fascinating Facts About Anhinga Birds

The anhinga is an amazing bird, from adaptability to the way it swims. Here's what you might not know about...


What Does a Cardinal Song Sound Like?

Northern cardinals are one of the few bird species with both male and female singers. Learn what a cardinal song...


Meet the Adorable Black Capped Chickadee

The black capped chickadee is one of the friendliest fliers in North America. Learn more about their song, nest and...


Black Capped Chickadee vs Carolina Chickadee: ID Challenge

Learn to tell the difference between a black capped chickadee vs a Carolina chickadee. See what these birds look like...