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 Identify and Attract a Mountain Chickadee

Learn what foods a mountain chickadee eats, what these small songbirds look like and sound like, where to spot them...


19 Magical Bird Photos of Cardinals in Snow

Few sights are as enchanting as a cardinal in snow, and these beautiful photos of redbirds in winter will delight...


Look Down Low to Spot an Eastern Towhee

When you’re watching for this songbird, look out below. The Eastern towhee spends most of its time on the ground,...


25 Simply Stunning Cardinal Bird Pictures

Cardinals are among the most popular and beloved birds in America, and these cardinal pictures make it easy to see...


What Do Cardinals Eat? How to Attract Cardinals

Feed cardinals by learning what cardinals like to eat. Offer their favorite seeds and berries, and grow native plants and...


Do Northern Cardinals Mate for Life?

We asked our birding experts: Do northern cardinals mate for life? Find out how long cardinals live and stay with...


How to Identify a Wood Thrush

Learn how to identify and attract a wood thrush, what their song sounds like, what these birds eat and where...


Head to Hawaii to See a Red Crested Cardinal

If you love northern cardinals, you may want to book a trip to Hawaii, South America or Puerto Rico to...

Meet the Humble (but Adorable) House Finch

Learn how to identify and attract a house finch. Find out facts about the house finch nest, eggs, range, habitat...


13 Fun Facts About Owls You Should Know

Here are some of the most fascinating and fun facts about owls, a one-of-a-kind group of birds. Learn about...


6 Surprising Facts About Arctic Birds

Arctic birds feel right at home in an icy climate.


Downy vs Hairy Woodpecker: How to Tell the Difference

These woodpecker species look quite similar but there are some differences, too. Compare downy vs hairy woodpeckers with expert ID...


How to Identify and Attract a Chipping Sparrow

Bring this cheerful, common summer bird species into your backyard with our top tips for identifying and attracting a chipping...


How to Identify a Wood Duck

If you live near water, put up a nest box and you may attract a wood duck to your yard....


Barn Owls: Ghostly Nocturnal Birds of Prey

Look for flashes of white when driving on dark country roads, and you might spot a barn owl. Learn about...


8 Must-Visit Hawk Migration Hotspots

Millions of hawks, eagles, and falcons soar through the skies as they migrate. Check out the best hawk migration hotspots...


7 Fascinating Facts About Swift Birds

Learn facts you need to know about a swift bird. These airborne birds can’t sit still. Get facts about swift...

5 Fascinating Burrowing Owl Facts

Forget the treetops—a burrowing owl nests underground. Some use the dens of other animals. Look for these small owls in...


How to Identify and Attract a Carolina Chickadee

Attract Carolina chickadees with their favorite foods and nest boxes. Learn to tell the difference between a Carolina chickadee...


Snowy Owl Facts (and Where to Find Them!)

Find out where snowy owls live, what they eat, how to spot a snowy owl, and see pictures of what...


Great Horned Owl: The Greatest Nocturnal Hunter

If there’s a nesting owl in your neighborhood, there’s a good chance it’s a great horned owl. Get an up-close...


Discover the Amazing Types of Owls in North America

Watch your backyard come to life as amazing owl species swoop through the night skies. Get to know the types...


Meet Golden Crowned and Ruby Crowned Kinglets

Look in the treetops for ruby crowned kinglets and golden crowned kinglets during migration. Learn how to identify these tiny...

Watch for the American Tree Sparrow in Winter

After breeding in the northern reaches of North America, the American tree sparrow arrives in much of the lower 48...


Head South to See a Brown Headed Nuthatch

Learn how to identify a brown headed nuthatch. See photos of what these birds look like, find out what they...


Watch Your Fall Feeders for a Red Breasted Nuthatch

Invite the nimble red breasted nuthatch to your feeders with sunflower seeds and suet. These active birds are entertaining to...


11 Types of Woodpeckers Birders Should Know

Readers share pictures of woodpeckers that show the beauty of these amazing birds. Look for these 10 types of woodpeckers...


Female Cowbird: Flying Under the Radar

A female cowbird is a dull looking bird with plain plumage that is easy to miss in the backyard. But...


How to Identify a Hairy Woodpecker

The hairy woodpecker is a black and white woodpecker with a strong call. Attract these birds with suet feeders and...