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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Meet the Towhees: The Birds Scratching Up a Storm in your Backyard

Look down! That noise under your shrubs is a shy, ground-feeding towhee in search of its next meal.


7 Extinct Bird Species That Shouldn’t Be Forgotten

How many of these extinct bird species have you heard of?


Which Bluebird am I Seeing?

Depending upon where you are in the US, there are three different bluebird species that you might be seeing. Find...


Nene, Hawaii’s State Bird

A close relative of the Canada Goose, the Nene is the rarest of all the state birds and found only...


Muscovy Ducks

Bigger than mallards and unusual in appearance, Muscovy ducks are common in Florida and some cities in the U.S.


Duck Identification: Canvasback vs. Redhead

One of the most common duck identification questions I get is how to tell the difference between a Canvasback and...


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Black-Bellied Whistling Duck

This South American whistling duck is expanding its range north, and there are many places in Florida to see them.


Parade of Winter Florida Ducks

Many Florida ducks, like Florida residents, are only here in the winter. Here are a few you might be able...

Bird Species Profile: American Tree Sparrow

After breeding in the northern reaches of North America, this bird species arrives in much of the lower 48 to...


Do Hummingbirds Sing? The Many Sounds of Hummingbirds

Listen carefully the next time you see a hummingbird and learn about the variety of hummingbird sounds.


Top Songbirds in America

Bird songs are beautiful and melodic. Discover why you should be listening as well as looking for these musical types...


Owls: North American Birds of Prey

Learn how different regions offer diverse habitats for these fascinating North American birds of prey.


Attracting Hummingbirds: Western Species

Did you know that of North America’s 20 hummingbird species, most are unique to the West? Learn about attracting hummingbirds...


Duck Species: Northern Shoveler

This widespread duck species is easy to identify once you spot its heavy bill.


Birding Basics: A Chickadee Identification Challenge

Carolina Chickadee vs Black-capped Chickadee


Raptors, Amazing Birds of Prey

Find out why these uncommon birds of prey are some of the most captivating in the world.

Yellow Warbler

With the largest breeding range of any warbler species, the Yellow Warbler is common not only in most of North...


Wood Thrush

The brown-headed cowbird is in part to blame for the declining numbers of this species. While some songbirds expel cowbird...


Wood Duck

If you live near water, put up a nest box and you may attract Wood Ducks to your yard. Make...


White-Throated Sparrow

The White-Throated Sparrow is often nicknamed the Canada bird or the Peabody bird, in imitation of a typical song, written...


Tufted Titmouse

Long regarded as a southern species, the Tufted Titmouse has been spreading northward in recent years. Now these tame, confiding...

Tree Swallow

The hardiest swallow, it arrives early in spring and even winters over in some localities. When insects are unavailable, the...


Spotted Towhee

Once grouped with its eastern counterpart in a species called the rufous-sided towhee, the Spotted Towhee now has its own...


Song Sparrow

Ornithologists recognize more than 30 subspecies of the remarkably adaptable Song Sparrow. Because song sparrows seem to learn the structure...


Screech Owl

It’s difficult to distinguish between Eastern and Western Screech Owl species by sight - location is your best bet. However,...


Red-Headed Woodpecker

The Red-Headed Woodpecker has several colorful nicknames, including flag bird, jelly coat, patriotic bird and shirttail bird.


Red-Bellied Woodpecker

The name Red-Bellied Woodpecker is misleading, for the red patch on its belly is rather faint. It occasionally feeds in...