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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How to Attract Owls to Nest in Your Backyard

Where do owls live? Roll out the welcome mat for these shadowy nighttime fliers. Experts reveal how to attract owls:...


How to Attract and Identify Purple Finches

Attracting a purple finch is easy with the right food, but identifying them can be tricky! Here's the best way...


Get to Know Snowy Owls and Where to Find Them

Find out where snowy owls live, what they look like, what they eat, how to spot them, why they're often...


How to Attract Robins to Your Yard or Garden

Meet the orange-breasted early bird that greets spring with a song. Learn how to identify and attract robins with their...


How to Identify Palm Warblers

Learn what palm warblers look like, where birders can find these warblers in different seasons, and what foods these birds...


What Does a Carolina Wren Call Sound Like?

Even if you don't see a Carolina wren, you might hear one. Learn what a Carolina wren call sounds like...


6 Fascinating Snowy Owl Facts

Normally, these owls spend their summers up at the very northernmost fringe of the world, in the arctic tundra. Learn...


Dark-Eyed Juncos: Meet the Family Tree

Learn six variations of dark-eyed juncos, a beloved snowbird and popular wintertime visitor, and find out where to spot them.

The Varied Thrush: Voice of the Northwest

Learn everything you need to know about the colorful varied thrush that is known for its dramatic beauty and haunting...


Meet the Thrashers: Learn About Thrasher Birds

Get to know the thrasher birds. Learn where to spot these birds, how to identify them, what their songs sound...


All About Sparrows: What Birders Should Know

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


How to Identify and Attract Chipping Sparrows

Bring this cheery summer visitor into your backyard with our top tips for identifying and attracting chipping sparrows.


Northern Saw-Whet Owls: The Cutest Owls

Northern saw-whet owls are tiny, captivating, and recently newsworthy—one was found in the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.


Bird Courtship Rituals: Love Is in the Air

When it comes to courtship, birds pull out all the stops, using elaborate displays to attract a potential mate and...


Spot the Owl in Your Backyard Trees

Be a bird sleuth and discover who's flying through the neighborhood. Here are the telltale signs you should look for...


Waxwing ID Tips: Bohemian Waxwings vs Cedar Waxwings

Know what to look for the next time an elegant waxwing feasts on your berry tree. Learn the difference between...

The Most Common Birds Found in North America

Rare birds get a lot of attention these days, but common birds are important, too! Discover North America’s most abundant...


10 Egrets and Herons Found in North America

You probably know a great blue heron when you see it, but what about the green heron or reddish egret?...


How to Attract More Juncos to Your Backyard

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


Irruption Alert: Look for Evening Grosbeaks at Bird Feeders

Backyard birders should watch for evening grosbeaks in winter 2020. The annual finch forecast also reveals other species you might...


Mourning Dove Nests: The Fastest Nest Builders

You'll be amazed at how fast a pair of mourning doves builds a nest. Learn about the nesting habits of...

20 Incredibly Cute Chickadee Pictures

Chickadees are friendly and adorable birds. Check out super cute chickadee pictures captured by backyard birders across America.


The Chickadee Bunch: All About Chickadees

Chickadees are social birds that flock to feeders. To attract and identify chickadees, learn about their songs, favorite foods and...


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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...


What Does a Cardinal’s Call Sound Like?

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


8 Cool Facts About Dark-Eyed Juncos

Discover fun facts about one of winter's favorite snowbirds: the dark-eyed junco! Learn how long juncos live and what kind...


House Finches and Purple Finches: How to Tell the Difference

House finches and purple finches look very similar. Birding experts explain how backyard birders can identify these finches.