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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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?...


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...


20 Incredibly Cute Chickadee Pictures

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


How Long Do Hummingbirds Live?

Learn the lifespan of hummingbirds, and discover how long hummingbirds can live in the wild and in captivity at zoos.


Our Top 10 Favorite Sports Team Bird Mascots

Cheer for these professional football, baseball, basketball and hockey teams with bird mascots!


15 Outstanding Pictures of Owls

Admire these spectacular reader photos of owl species found across America, including snowy owls, burrowing owls, barred owls and more.


Discover the Truth About Common Hummingbird Myths

Should you add red dye to hummingbird feeders? Find out as we separate hummingbird myths from hummingbird facts.

The Top 9 Most Beautiful Birds in America

When it comes to these beautiful birds, we can’t help but admire them.


Hawk Watching Tips and Facts About Raptor Migration

Learn how to spot and identify hawks during fall raptor migration.


Learn the Story Behind the Rescue of a Special Bald Eagle

Good bird photography often tells a story or captures a moment. Learn about a special bald eagle that captured the...


Can You Guess the Official State Bird of All 50 States?

Cardinals, robins, and wrens, oh my! Take this quiz to see if you can correctly guess the official state bird...


Beauty and the Beak: A Bald Eagle Rescue Story

When a bullet took her upper beak, Beauty the bald eagle would have starved. A dedicated caregiver and 3D printing...


Hummingbirds Can See Even MORE Colors Than Humans, According to Researchers

A new study reveals hummingbirds' large eyes see the world in a wider range of brilliant colors than people can...


Endangered California Condors Spotted at Sequoia National Park

The endangered raptors, once extinct in the wild, were seen at the California national park for the first time in...


Bird Mimics and Mimicry: Three Birds to Know

Tune in to the copycat songs of mockingbirds, catbirds and thrashers.


5 Hummingbird Videos You Can’t Miss

From nest building to snoring (yes, snoring!), the behavior captured in these hummingbird videos will captivate your bird-loving heart.

Don’t Miss the Latest Snowy Owl Irruption

2018 was another great year for snowy owl sightings. Learn what causes these irruptions and how to take advantage of...


6 Fun Facts About Owls in Pop Culture

Whether it's in video games, TV, or books, these beloved birds are everywhere.


Western Bluebird vs Eastern Bluebird: Which Bluebird Am I Seeing?

Pay attention to where you are birding, and learn how to tell the difference between a western bluebird vs an...


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...

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...


No Ordinary Duck: Meet the Northern Shoveler

This duck species is easy to identify once you spot its heavy bill. Northern Shoveler ducks are dabblers, filter-feeding on...


How to Identify an Eastern Phoebe

Learn what an Eastern phoebe looks like, and what their song sounds like. Find out what these birds eat and...


A Change of Name: Common Gallinule

Chances are good that if you've seen and identified this bird before, you know it as the Common Moorhen (Gallinula...


What is That Black Duck with the White Bill?

The American coot looks like a black duck with a white beak, but it's actually a member of the rail...